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Night Train to Munich (1940)




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Based on the book Report on a Fugitive by Gordon Wellesley, this is an espionage film that has been stated by critics to possibly be among the top ten spy movies ever made. Replete with intrigue and suspense, the movie has all of the principles on a train as a scientist's daughter joins forces with Allied intelligence in a rescue effort involving top secrets. This movie, made just prior to WWII, gave a more temperate view of the Nazis than later movies.

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Margaret Lockwood
as Anna Bomasch
Rex Harrison
as Gus Bennett
Paul Henreid
as Karl Marsen
Basil Radford
as Charters
James Harcourt
as Axel Bomasch
Naunton Wayne
as Caldicott
Felix Aylmer
as Dr. Fredericks
Raymond Huntley
as Kampenfeldt
Austin Trevor
as Capt. Prada
Kenneth Kent
as Controller
Keneth Kent
as Controller
C.V. France
as Adm. Hassinger
Morland Graham
as Attendant
Wally Patch
as Pier Fisherman
Albert Lieven
as Concentration Camp Officer
David Horne
as Czech Armament Co. Official
Ian Fleming (II)
as Brit. Intelligence Official
John Wengraf
as Concentration Camp Doctor
Irene Handl
as Station Master (uncredited)
Pardoe Woodman
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Baxter
as Minor Role (uncredited)
J.H. Roberts
as Minor Role (uncredited)
G.H. Mulcaster
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Wilfrid Walter
as Official at Prague Steel Works (uncredited)
Jane Cobb
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Oliver
as SS Officer at Concentration Camp (uncredited)
Torin Thatcher
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Frederick Valk
as Gestapo Officer
Pat Williams
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Winifred Oughton
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Night Train to Munich

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Takes awhile to catch fire. It's always engaging, though, and builds by stages to a riveting climax at the Swiss border that would have done the Master of Suspense proud.

September 5, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Yarn is not only told without a single letdown, but it actually continues to pile up suspense to a nerve-clutching pitch.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

The cast and script are fine, but Reed fatally lacks Hitchcock's light, witty touch and his effortless ability to create suspense out of ordinary circumstances.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Reed's direction lacks the light touch, but he makes good use of the train, and there's an exciting climax set in a cable car.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Although Margaret Lockwood is merely a stock version of the usual damsel in distress, Reed's Night Train to Munich features a winsome Rex Harrison and should certainly interest aficionados of WWII propaganda cinema.

September 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A thoroughly engrossing movie that welcomes its audience to thrill at the ever-shifting character loyalties and small victories of its heroes.

July 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night Train to Munich

It's cross and doublecross in the days immediately preceding WW2 as a scientist and his pretty daughter become the pawns between two competing countries. Paul Henreid is smoothly excellent as the savvy and smooth rep for the Axis Powers, nearly unbeatable. And Rex Harrison is the guy for the Allies, w/o a prayer to go on. Carol Reed paces the thing like a ride down a ski slope, going faster and faster ... I actually liked this better than the ballyhooed The Lady Vanishes, to which it's often compared. And the veddy English team of Radford and Wayne veddy nearly steal the whole thing outright.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A bit methodical in its presentation but still a classic rendering of intrigue and high drama. Rex Harrison and Paul Henreid are superb!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Night Train to Munich has its moments but its generally pretty dull. Margaret Lockwood helped keep me interested but outside of the nifty miniature-based finale, the comic relief and the irony of seeing Victor Laszlo play a Nazi, I wasn't exactly enthralled. Night Train to Munich isn't exactly awful but I can't for the life of my figure out why there's a Criterion edition of this.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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