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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 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!


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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 »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of their bus ride through bombed-out Frankfurt, the main characters arrive at the massive I.G. Farben building. Completed in 1930, it was once the largest office building in Europe and home to the giant chemical business. From 1945 to 1952 it was the location of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied European Forces). From 1952 to 1994 it was the headquarters of the U.S. Army's V Corps. In 1996 the building was acquired by the state of Hesse, and after a $25M renovation became the Westend Campus of the University of Frankfurt. The small, continuous elevators seen in the film, called paternoster lifts, are still in use. 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 know. We don't have any more German enemies, do we?
Sterling: No authorized ones, anyway.
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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 »

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very unusual suspense film
9 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is about the only one I can recall that deals with the anti-West resistance that the US and its allies received from the conquered Germans after WWII. Apart from this movie, you'd think that ALL the Germans easily adapted to their new rule, while in reality there were murders and scattered resistance for several years in an effort by ex-Nazis to destabilize the peace. For historical reasons alone, it is an important movie. Robert Ryan plays our hero who finds out about a Nazi murder plot and, with the help of a multinational team, he goes to action. I think that having help from the Russians, French and British is interesting, but highly improbable and seemed like a bit of a cliché, but nevertheless it's a great film and well wroth seeing.


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