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Night Train to Munich
     

Night Train to Munich

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Director: Carol Reed, Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid

Cast: Carol Reed, Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, Paul Henreid

 

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Rex Harrison astonished his fans by donning a Nazi uniform in the British suspenser Night Train (originally titled Night Train to Munich). Actually he's a British agent, working undercover to rescue a Czech inventor from the Gestapo. The inventor's daughter (Margaret Lockwood) becomes the unwitting pawn of a genuine Nazi (Paul von Hernreid, just before

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Rex Harrison astonished his fans by donning a Nazi uniform in the British suspenser Night Train (originally titled Night Train to Munich). Actually he's a British agent, working undercover to rescue a Czech inventor from the Gestapo. The inventor's daughter (Margaret Lockwood) becomes the unwitting pawn of a genuine Nazi (Paul von Hernreid, just before he became Paul Henreid) during a long train ride from Germany to France and back again. Director Carol Reed never denied that his inspiration for Night Train was Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (both films were written by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat). The homage was solidified by the presence in Night Train of two carryovers from the Hitchcock film: those ardent British cricket fans Charters and Caldicott (Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne). Night Train was liberally adapted from the Gordon Wellesley novel Report on a Fugitive.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Time has dampened the impact of Night Train to Munich, not because its World War II setting dates it but because the conventions on display have become more commonplace in thrillers through the years. Even so, Munich manages to be more than sufficiently gripping to hold an audience's interest, and the plotting is intricate enough to keep the viewer involved. There are a number of elements in the screenplay that stand out, not the least of which is the sequence that introduces Rex Harrison, and the entire climactic escape is well handled by director Carol Reed, who provides excitement through subtlety. There are also, unfortunately, too many echoes of Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes, which tend to work against the film's ultimate effectiveness. Still, these are offset by such pleasures as Harrison's skillful performance. He's delightful in the early sequences, using his effortless arrogance to good effect, and quite commanding in the second half. It's true that his German accent is a bit bizarre, but that's a minor quibble with an otherwise excellent performance. Margaret Lockwood is also quite good, albeit in a role that she could probably have performed in her sleep, so similar is it to others on her resumé. And Paul Henreid's nicely underplayed Nazi is memorable. Even if Munich is at times overly familiar, it's still engaging.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2010
UPC:
0715515059015
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
12,205

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; New video conversation between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington about director Carol Reed, screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, and the social and political climate in which Night Train to Munich was made; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Philip Kemp

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margaret Lockwood Anna Bomasch
Rex Harrison Gus Bennett
Paul Henreid Karl Marsen
Basil Radford Charters
Naunton Wayne Caldicott
Felix Aylmer Dr. John Fredericks
James Harcourt Axel Bomasch
Wyndham Goldie Dryton
Roland Culver Roberts
Eliot Makeham Schwab
Raymond Huntley Kampenfeldt
C.V. France Adm. Hassinger
Austin Trevor Capt. Prada
Kenneth Kent Controller
Morland Graham Attendant
Ian Fleming Brit. Intelligence Official
Irene Handl Actor
David Horne Czech Armament Co. Official
Albert Lieven Concentration Camp Officer
G.H. Mulcaster Actor
Charles Oliver Actor
Winifred Oughton Actor
Wally Patch Pier Fisherman
John H. Roberts Actor
Bill Russell Actor
Torin Thatcher Actor
Wilfred Walter Actor
John Wengraf Concentration Camp Doctor
Pat Williams Actor
Pardoe Woodman Actor
Frederick [Fritz] Valk Gestapo Officer
Maurice Ostrer Actor

Technical Credits
Carol Reed Director
Edward Black Producer
R.E. Dearing Editor
Sidney Gilliat Screenwriter
Otto Kanturek Cinematographer
Frank Launder Screenwriter
Louis Levy Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
B.C. Sewell Sound/Sound Designer
Alexander Vetchinsky Art Director
Gordon Wellesley Original Story

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night Train to Munich
1. A Growing Threat [3:37]
2. Invasion [2:22]
3. A Hasty Departure [2:22]
4. A Friend and a Chance [6:19]
5. A Visit to the Doctor [5:13]
6. A Call in the Night [2:20]
7. Reunion [2:59]
8. Gus Bennett [3:49]
9. A Plan [3:23]
10. Major Herzoff [5:43]
11. Anna Lashes Out [3:12]
12. "More Than Friends" [3:19]
13. Overnight Guest [5:01]
14. Altered Plans [2:06]
15. Charters and Caldicott [4:42]
16. Dicky Randall [4:20]
17. War and Golf Clubs [3:08]
18. On the Line [4:28]
19. Things Emerge [5:08]
20. Dicky's Doughnuts [4:18]
21. Herzoff Revealed [3:51]
22. Getaway [5:26]
23. Showdown on High [7:58]
1. Color Bars [:20]

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