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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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Laughs! Thrills! Excitement!

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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Henreid played a thoroughly indoctrinated Nazi attempting to round people up for his employer, the Gestapo. Two years later, he played a character in desperate flight from the Nazis, Victor Laszlo, in Casablanca (1942). See more »

Goofs

The wording of the British passport read out by Charters is incorrect as it is different from the American wording in three major ways.. Firstly, the passport holder is not referred to as him or her but as "The Bearer". Secondly, British passports uniquely in the world, not only request that those concerned assist the bearer to be allowed proceed without let or hindrance, but request and require it. Thirdly, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at the time of issue is never scheduled by name. See more »

Quotes

Charters: They've got "La Vie Parisienne" old boy.
Caldicott: "La Vie Parisienne" ? All right. Don't bother about a "Punch."
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Paul Henreid is listed as Paul von Hernried in the credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Your Heart Skips a Beat
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Maurice Sigler
Performed by Rex Harrison and an unidentified woman
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A traitor? A double agent? A gentleman?
17 January 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Carol Reed directs this thriller in the Hitchcock tradition. A Czech scientist(James Harcourt)and his daughter(Margaret Lockwood)are pursued by Nazis. The pair escape to England, but Lockwood is captured and placed in a concentration camp in hopes of influencing her father to cooperate with the Germans. The lovely Lockwood escapes to rejoin her father only to have the pair kidnapped and taken back to Germany. A British agent(Rex Harrison)in disguise as a German officer infiltrates the German high command and tries to get the couple out of Germany by way of a night train to Munich. Nazi faithful Paul Henreid does his best to spoil the escape. My favorite scene involves the cable-car in the Swiss Alps. Harrison is outstanding. Supporting cast includes: Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Roland Culver and Austin Trevor. The intelligent script is witty with room for a little deadpan humor.


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