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Exile Express (1939)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 1939 (USA)
Spies will not stop at murder in their attempts to wrest a secret formula for a deadly poison away from American scientists.


Otis Garrett


Ethel La Blanche (screenplay), Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Sten ... Nadine Nikolas
Alan Marshal ... Steve Reynolds
Jerome Cowan ... Paul Brandt
Walter Catlett ... Gus
Jed Prouty ... Hanley
Stanley Fields ... Tony Kassan
Leonid Kinskey ... David
Etienne Girardot ... Caretaker
Irving Pichel ... Victor
Harry Davenport ... Dr. Hite
Addison Richards ... Purnell
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Kaishevshy (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Spencer Charters ... Justice of the Peace Henry P. Smith
Byron Foulger ... Serge
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Mullins


Spies will not stop at murder in their attempts to wrest a secret formula for a deadly poison away from American scientists.

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All She Wanted Was a Country. All She Got Was Trouble




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Release Date:

27 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Exílio See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 27 November 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Baltimore it first aired Wednesday 3 March 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Detroit Wednesday 17 November 1948 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Fort Worth Saturday 1 January 1949 on WBAP (Channel 5), in Albuquerque Tuesday 4 October 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Sunday 6 November 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), in Chicago Wednesday 7 December 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Salt Lake City Thursday 8 December 1949 on KSL (Channel 5), and in Los Angeles Wednesday 15 December 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Aside from making no sense, poor writing and dumb characters, the film isn't all that bad!
20 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, Nadine (Anna Sten) is working hard practicing for her citizenship exam. She desperately wants to become a US citizen. However, when her boss, the Professor, is murdered, the police inexplicably blame her and are going to deport her!

Soon she's on a train headed to New York for the deportation and along are a host of other deportees including a one-dimensional communist and a gangster. You know that SOMETHING bad will prevent the train from arriving in New York--either other gangsters or spies will soon be arriving. Soon Nadine and a very stereotypical reporter are off the train--running cross country while being chased by evil folks.

This film is obviously a very low-budget B-movie. Like many Bs, this one was hastily written and has a few broad and annoying characters and isn't especially enjoyable. It also makes very little sense most of the time. It's obvious that realism is NOT a strong point in this movie! Overall, the film offers few flashes of brilliance and is, at best, a time-passer.

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