Train de nuit pour Munich (1940) Online
When the Germans march into Prague, armour-plating inventor Dr Bomasch flees to England. His daughter Anna escapes from arrest to join him, but the Gestapo manage to kidnap them both back to Berlin. As war looms, British secret service agent Gus Bennet follows disguised as a senior German army officer. His ploy is the not unpleasant one of pretending to woo Anna to the German cause.
|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)|
|James Harcourt||-||Axel Bomasch|
|Felix Aylmer||-||Dr. Fredericks|
|Austin Trevor||-||Capt. Prada (as Austen Trevor)|
|Kenneth Kent||-||Controller (as Keneth Kent)|
|C.V. France||-||Admiral Hassinger|
|Frederick Valk||-||Gestapo Officer (as Fritz Valk)|
Until now (as of 2011), this film has not been released in Germany at all.
The second of six cinematic appearances by Charters and Caldicott (played by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne). They first appeared in La signora scompare (1938), also written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder. They later appeared in Crook's Tour (1940), Due nella tempesta (1943), and It's Not Cricket (1949), which were also written by Gilliat and Lauder, and in Incubi notturni (1945).
The very first scene is a fairly accurate depiction of the Berghof, Adolf Hitler's mountainside residence near Berchtesgaden and Obersalzberg in Bavaria. The home was famous for its huge picture window which overlooked mountain scenery and was often used to impress visiting foreign VIP visitors.
As noted in the opening caption, the action of the film takes place during the year preceding the Second World War (beginning with the German invasion of remaining Czechoslovakian territory in March 15th 1939) and closes on the night of Sunday September 3rd 1939 (the day the United Kingdom declared war on Germany).
The banner on the city bus stating "BERLIN RAUCHT JUNO" (Berlin smokes Juno) is an advertisement for a cigarette brand later distributed to German soldiers.
The last of seven films Margaret Lockwood made with director Carol Reed. The others are _Midshipman Easy (1935)_; _Who's Your Lady Friend? (1937)_; _Three on a Weekend (1938)_; _A Girl Must Live (1939)_; _The Stars Look Down (1940)_; and _Girl in the News (1940)_.
The small, uncredited role of a sailor speaking Esperanto was Academy Award winning actor Hugh Griffith's first role on film.
The opening credits name Paul Henreid by his actual name, which is Paul von Hernreid.
"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 13, 1946 with Rex Harrison reprising his film role.
Considering the early release date of this film - August 1940 in the UK, December 1940 in the USA - there are many remarkable depictions of the onerous nature of the Nazi system, something not fully appreciated even by UK audiences. The UK had bent over backward to accommodate Hitler in the late 1930s, which involved a lot of wishful thinking, and the war had only come to serious blows a few months earlier with the debacle in France and the following aerial Battle of Britain, which was still well underway when the film was released. The US would not enter the war for a full year after the December release date. The following remarkable piece of dialog follows the meeting of the Gestapo spy (Henreid) with his English contact - "I see that fellow Ribbentrop's [German foreign minister] going to Moscow!" "Hmm - so did Napoleon!" At the time of release, Germany and the USSR had a mutual non-aggression pact and were in the process of dividing Poland between them. The actual invasion of the Soviet Union was nearly a year in the future. This must be regarded as remarkable foresight on the part of the screenwriters regarding Hitler's treachery.
Paul Henreid plays a thoroughly indoctrinated Nazi attempting to round people up for his employer, the Gestapo. Two years later, he would play a character himself in desperate flight from the Nazis - Victor Laszlo, in "Casablanca".