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Subway in the Sky (1959)

Approved | | Crime , Drama | November 1959 (USA)
A military doctor in Berlin is falsely accused of illegal dealing in drugs. Determined to prove his innocence, he escapes from the MPs and ends up holding up in the apartment, rented by his... See full summary »


Muriel Box


Jack Andrews (screenplay), Ian Main (from the play by)


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Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Baxter Grant
Hildegard Knef ... Lilli Hoffman (as Hildegarde Neff)
Albert Lieven ... Carl
Cec Linder ... Carson
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Anna Grant
Vivian Matalon Vivian Matalon ... Stefan Grant
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... German Detective
Chuck Keyser Chuck Keyser ... Sgt. Harwell
Gaylord Cavallaro Gaylord Cavallaro ... Switchboard Operator (as Gaylord Cavallero)
Michael Bell ... G.I.
E. Kerrigan Prescott ... Sentry (as Kerrigan Prescott)
James Maxwell ... Officer
Gerda Larsen Gerda Larsen ... Air Stewardess
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Corporal
Edward Judd ... Molloy


A military doctor in Berlin is falsely accused of illegal dealing in drugs. Determined to prove his innocence, he escapes from the MPs and ends up holding up in the apartment, rented by his wife. He doesn't know, that she has sublet the flat to a nightclub singer. When he finds out, he begs the singer to assist him. She likes him and agrees. The doctor thinks, that his wife is behind the illegal dealings. Written by Anonymous

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CHASE of the Century! SUSPENSE of a Lifetime!


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chave Secreta (Um Homem na Escuridão) See more »

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Orbit Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names, characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »


Version of Theatre Night: Subway in the Sky (1957) See more »


Love Isn't Love
Music by Jeff Davis
Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Hildegard Knef (uncredited)
Arranged and conducted by Johnny Gregory
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Stage-bound play adaptation is boring beyond belief
26 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SUBWAY IN THE SKY is a very dull British thriller based around illegal drug smuggling in the army. Lame duck actor Van Johnson plays an American major who is falsely accused of being a drug dealer so he decides to go A.W.O.L. in an attempt to clear his name. He hides out in his wife's apartment, little realising that it has already been leased to a German singer who chooses to help him in his quest for justice.

I don't know much about Van Johnson outside of this movie but I can report that his performance here is perfunctory at best. He's hardly the type of hero you can root for or indeed even care about as he feels wooden throughout. Hildegard Knef is much better as the warm-hearted singer who befriends him although the best performance goes to Cec Linder whose character has a Terminator-style unstoppable quality about him in his relentless and incessant hunt for the missing man.

SUBWAY IN THE SKY is one of those movies based on a stage play and it does feel very stage bound and constrained by the single location. It's also incredibly boring, with never a moment of suspense or tension in all those long minutes of running time. I don't wish to knock the talents of director Muriel Box but she doesn't really feel cut out for film on the strength of her work here. The film has a single decent scene, a shockingly explicit moment on a balcony, and that's exactly it.

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