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Berlin Express (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 May 1948 (USA)
A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Harold Medford (screen play), Curt Siodmak (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Lucienne
Robert Ryan ... Robert Lindley
Charles Korvin ... Perrot
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Bernhardt
Robert Coote ... Sterling
Reinhold Schünzel ... Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Roman Toporow Roman Toporow ... Lt. Maxim Kiroshilov
Peter von Zerneck Peter von Zerneck ... Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
Otto Waldis ... Kessler
Fritz Kortner ... Franzen
Michael Harvey ... Sgt. Barnes
Tom Keene ... Major (as Richard Powers)
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Storyline

In divided Germany just after WWII, people from many different countries are passengers on a train. When one of the passengers, a German working for peace, is kidnapped by people who don't want his ideas to work, the others must set aside their differences and work together to find him in time for an important conference. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Trapped on a Train of Terror!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

1 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berlin Express See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Merle Oberon was married to the cinematographer of the film, Oklahoma-born Lucien Ballard, at the time "Berlin Express" was made. See more »

Goofs

The narration for the final scene says the train arrived at Wannsee, in the far west of Berlin, but the scene shows them driving from the east, down Unter Den Linden and into West Berlin. The British and American then ask passing jeeps for lifts to their respective bases which they would have driven past on the way from Wannsee, whilst the Russian turns around and drives back under the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. See more »

Quotes

Robert Lindley: I had a kid brother that fought close to a British outfit in Italy... the turning point of the war.
Sterling: So, that's how American history will record it?
Robert Lindley: What do you mean?
Sterling: Well, the actual turning point of the war was El Alamein.
Robert Lindley: Oh, you're quoting English history now.
[They both chuckle]
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a title card states that the photography of Berlin and Frankfurt is used with the cooperation of the occupying armies. See more »

Connections

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User Reviews

good thriller, unbeatable location shots and cinematography
4 November 2002 | by madmadSee all my reviews

I saw this movie recently on TCM and liked it. I thought the plot was good, as was the acting. I couldn't believe that the secretary was Merle Oberon, I hardly recognized her, and I think that is a testament to how good an acting job she did. Some of the lines seemed stilted and staged, particularly toward the end, but given the time period when the movie was filmed, not at all surprising. There was a good mix of characters, but the real star of the film is the location: there are wonderful shots of Berlin and Frankfurt right after the war, and the devastation around the characters adds a powerful unspoken dimension to the film.

For anyone who enjoyed this movie, I would also highly recommend "Decision Before Dawn," also filmed on location in postwar Europe, which starred Richard Basehart, Oskar Werner and a whole host of other fabulous character actors, including Hildegard Kneff.

It is irksome, but neither Berlin Express nor Decision Before Dawn seem to be available on Video or DVD, which is a real shame. So, watch your TV listings for these two.


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