Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) (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
Roland Culver
as Roberts
Eliot Makeham
as Schwab
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
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)
Pat Williams
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Frederick [Fritz] Valk
as Gestapo Officer
Winifred Oughton
as Minor Role (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Night Train to Munich (Gestapo)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Often described as a film made in the style of Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed's WWII-set Night Train to Munich certainly shares common ground with the Master of Suspense's 1938 gem The Lady Vanishes.

Full Review… | September 17, 2016
Creative Loafing

Double-crosses and disguises, captures and escapes make up the momentum of Reed's nicely pacy adventure. [Criterion Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 5, 2016
Groucho Reviews

It's fast, furious and funny but, even with that master of atmosphere Carol Reed as director, it could have done with a couple of fresh tricks to keep us guessing.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Radio Times

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2010
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for Night Train to Munich (Gestapo)


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


A lot of fun, but not quite as good as Lady Vanishes. Chalders and Caldicott are AWESOME!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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