Night Train to Munich (1940)
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Made in 1940, Night Train to Munich is a British spy thriller set in the days just before WWII. Correspondingly, it's a satisfying mix of unflappable British daring and satirical take-down of the Nazis. Which isn't to say they're not dangerous, nor that the film doesn't poke fun at the English (there are two comic relief characters who return, in spirit, name AND body, from Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes - is there a British Train-verse?!). A young Rex Harrison plays the cocky British spy who hopes to rescue a Czech scientist and his daughter from Germany's war machine, and he brings the perfect blend of romance, action, and comedy required to make it all work. Despite being obviously studio-bound, the film has scope, bringing locations to life with grand miniatures when it must; they have a certain hokey charm that I think adds to the film rather than takes away from it. Unexpectedly fun.
Delightful British movie.
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This movie ranks #578 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #624 in The Criterion Collection