Night Train to Munich [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1940]

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Overview

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

Synopsis

Night Train to Munich
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Margaret Lockwood
    Margaret Lockwood - Anna Bomasch
  • Rex Harrison
    Rex Harrison - Gus Bennett
  • Paul Henreid
    Paul Henreid - Karl Marsen
  • Basil Radford
    Basil Radford - Charters
  • Naunton Wayne
    Naunton Wayne - Caldicott
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