The Dawn Express

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Originally titled Dawn Express, this PRC spy melodrama was hastily rechristened Nazi Spy Ring to keep abreast of current events. Michael Whalen stars as Robert Norton, a scientist who has developed a formula for synthetic gasoline. A group of Nazi spies try to intimidate Norton into parting with his formula, but he is not so easily frightened. The villains then contrive to have Norton suspected of being a Nazi himself so that he'll be more susceptible to their overtures. As one critic pointed out, the hero could ...
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Overview

Originally titled Dawn Express, this PRC spy melodrama was hastily rechristened Nazi Spy Ring to keep abreast of current events. Michael Whalen stars as Robert Norton, a scientist who has developed a formula for synthetic gasoline. A group of Nazi spies try to intimidate Norton into parting with his formula, but he is not so easily frightened. The villains then contrive to have Norton suspected of being a Nazi himself so that he'll be more susceptible to their overtures. As one critic pointed out, the hero could have saved himself all this trouble if he'd reported the spies to the FBI in the first reel, but then the movie would have been over in 12 minutes. Nazi Spy Ring is so cheaply produced that the sets constantly threaten collapse -- and indeed, at one point a break-away door fails to break properly, provoking laughter in all the wrong places.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • UPC: 089218681492
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,053

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Bakewell Tom Fielding
William Costello Otto
Robert W. Frazer John Oliver
Kenneth Harlan Detective Brown
Jack Mulhall James Curtis
Anne Nagel Nancy Fielding
George Pembroke Karl Schmidt
Hans Von Morhart Heinrich
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Captain Gemmler
Michael Whalen Robert Norton
Constance Worth Linda Pavlo
Technical Credits
Albert Herman Director
Max Alexander Producer
James Altwies Set Decoration/Design
L.R. Brown Editor
Eddie Linden Cinematographer
George M. Merrick Producer
Arthur St. Claire Screenwriter
Lee Zahler Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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