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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lucienne
... Robert Lindley
... Perrot
... Dr. Bernhardt
... Sterling
... Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Roman Toporow ... Lt. Maxim Kiroshilov
Peter von Zerneck ... Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)
... Kessler
Fritz Kortner ... Franzen
... Sgt. Barnes
... Major (as Richard Powers)
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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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During location shooting, Col. George Eyster of the U.S. Army's public relations office served as liaison for the cast and crew. 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 »

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Robert Lindley: [Looking at two Germans in the train] I wonder how they'll handle it.
Sterling: Truthfully, I hope. Otherwise I'm wasting my valuable time. I'm in re-education. Seems pretty hopeless at times. I mean, what is more important than giving them the light to see?
Robert Lindley: Giving them something to eat?
Sterling: Your field?
Robert Lindley: I do sleight of hand. We're supposed to make 1,500 calories look like an eight-course meal - and prevent things like plague and starvation.
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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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A good plot with a mixture of several genres.
7 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Just after World War II, a group of people of various nationalities (an American, an Englishman, a Frenchman, a mysterious woman who speaks several languages, a couple of Germans,) travels from Paris to Berlin via Frankfurt. On the train, heavily guarded, also occupies compartment Dr. Bernhardt, a pacifist whose mission is to unify Germany. A coded message accidentally found in a pigeon has alerted the military and secret services. Before arriving in Frankfurt, Bernhardt is killed, which is the beginning of a complicated web of espionage Through a very well-crafted plot that mixes genres like black film, the thriller, action and even intrigue, the film takes us travelling across the post-war Europe from Paris depleted but still maintains its charm to a Berlin Frankfurt desolate going through a shattered by the bombing. The images are real; it's like watching a novel into a documentary.

Only interpretations are correct, but each actor represents quite well what the director would probably reflect the differences between the different forces occupied Germany and the difficulty of its unification.

Jacques Tourneur was not a director of B, although in his beginning in the Metro and RKO rolled low-budget films, by 1944. Then he is a director of RKO important, because he worked with Heddy Lamarr, Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and Burt Lancaster in their highlights.

In short, a very entertaining movie in which we see cities as Paris, Frankfurt or Berlin and feel chills to see the true effects of war.


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