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Night Train to Munich (1940)

Not Rated | | Thriller, War | 29 December 1940 (USA)
When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt), inventor of a new type of armor-plating.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Gordon Wellesley (based on an original story by), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) (as Sydney Gilliat) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Anna Bomasch
Rex Harrison ... Dickie Randall a.k.a. Gus Bennett
Paul Henreid ... Karl Marsen (as Paul von Hernried)
Basil Radford ... Charters
Naunton Wayne ... Caldicott
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Axel Bomasch
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. Fredericks
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Dryton
Roland Culver ... Roberts
Eliot Makeham ... Schwab
Raymond Huntley ... Kampenfeldt
Austin Trevor ... Capt. Prada (as Austen Trevor)
Kenneth Kent Kenneth Kent ... Controller (as Keneth Kent)
C.V. France ... Admiral Hassinger
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Gestapo Officer (as Fritz Valk)
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Storyline

When the Germans march into Prague, Czechoslovakia, armor-plating inventor Dr. Axel Bomasch (James Harcourt) flees to England. His daughter Anna (Margaret Lockwood) escapes from arrest to join him, but the Gestapo manages to kidnap them both back to Berlin. As war looms, British Secret Service Agent Gus Bennett (Sir Rex Harrison) follows disguised as a senior German Army officer. His ploy is the not unpleasant one of pretending to woo Anna to the German cause. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Laughs! Thrills! Excitement!

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Train See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2011, this movie has not been released in Germany at all. See more »

Goofs

In the background, a radio reports that Adolf Hitler has just ordered a counter-attack against Poland as Dickie Randall begins his mission in Germany. After the passage of just one night, it is reported that Britain is at war with Germany. However, Germany attacked Poland on 1st September and Brtain went to war with Germany on 3rd Spetember, hence there would actually have been two intervening nights. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Hassinger: You really believe that you can influence a girl in a matter of hours ?
Gus Bennett: Shall we say... overnight ?
Admiral Hassinger: I see.
Karl Marsen: Knowing Fraulein Bomasch, sir, I doubt whether even his qualities will make any impression on her.
Gus Bennett: You aren't acquainted with my qualities.
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Crazy Credits

Paul Henreid is listed as Paul von Hernried in the credits. See more »


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Only Love Can Lead the Way
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Written by Harry M. Woods
Performed by Rex Harrison
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Just what was pumping on the Siegfried Line?
20 February 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

This film was made at a point of frustration and fear for the British. They had bumbled into a frightening war against a truly evil foreign government, and had watched helplessly as their ally fell. It is a mark of the strength of British character that this movie was made, complete with a healthy dollop of comedy in it (including self-parody). Basically the film acknowledges the treachery and evil of the Nazis and their collaborators (Paul Henried here), and the failure of the British to successfully account for it in the period of Chamberlain's government (Baldwin's previous government had tried to counter it but faced overwhelming pacifist spirit in the Labor and Tory Parties). Rex Harrison (aided by Basil Radford and Naughton Wayne) represent the Britain that pulls itself together to use the same deceit to snatch back what was lost.

As noted in several comments above, Radford and Wayne are Charters and Caldicott again, still traveling on continental trains, discussing cricket matches, and proving up to fighting the enemy if that enemy shows it's hands. Harrison looks almost dashing (complete with monocle) in his Nazi disguise outfit. He makes the comment about the Siegfried Line at one point...and nobody ever has explained it. The best single line belongs to Raymond Huntley, as a Nazi officer trying to understand whether the comment "This is a fine country we live in" was meant as a put down or not. After being left alone for a moment or two, he repeats it with different emphasis on "fine country". Then looking at the camera with complete honesty he says "This is a bloody awful country we live in." I am sure British audiences in 1940 fully agreed with Huntley.


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