Night Train to Munich (1940)

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After 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.


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17 January 2004 | michaelRokeefe
A traitor? A double agent? A gentleman?
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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When Dickie/Gus (Rex Harrison) is caught and Anna (Margaret Lockwood) is berating him for doing nothing, he says, "Who do you take me for, Bulldog Drummond?" He is referring to the fictional detective created by Herman C. McNeile, and the subject of two dozen feature films, starting with "Bulldog Drummond (1922)," plus novels, radio programs, graphic novels and other media.


Charters: They've got "La Vie Parisienne" old boy.
Caldicott: "La Vie Parisienne" ? All right. Don't bother about a "Punch."


The British spy, Dickie Randall (played by Rex Harrison), who has managed to dupe the Nazis into believing he is a German Army officer, is being openly discussed in their hotel room by Anna Bomasch and Axel Bomasch (played by Margaret Lockwood and James Harcourt respectively). Despite the fact that Anna and Axel are under detainment and likely to suffer torture if they refuse to cooperate with the Nazis, they are totally oblivious to the fact that their room could very well be bugged or their incriminating conversation overheard by someone listening from an adjacent room.

Understandably puzzled as to how and why Dickie has suddenly appeared in Germany disguised as a German officer, Anna loudly asks her father Axel, "...but how did he manage to get into the German Admiralty as a Nazi officer?". Under the circumstances, whispering would have been the wiser option. Anna is incorrect in that his disguise is as an army corps of engineers officer and not a Nazi or SS officer.

Crazy Credits

Paul Henreid is listed as Paul von Hernried in the credits.


Das Lied der Deutschen
aka "Deutschland über Alles"
Music by
Joseph Haydn
Variations played throughout


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