Carol Reed

Night Train to Munich

Night Train to Munich

Carol Reed’s Night Train to Munich is a twisting, turning, cloak-and-dagger delight, combining comedy, romance, and thrills with the greatest of ease. Paced like an out-of-control locomotive, Night Train takes viewers on a journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps as Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter (Margaret Lockwood), who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent, played by Rex Harrison. This captivating, long-overlooked adventure—which features Paul Henreid and a clever screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, best known for writing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes—is a deftly concocted spy game that could give the Master of Suspense a run for his money.

Film Info

  • Carol Reed
  • United Kingdom
  • 1940
  • 95 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #523

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Conversation from 2010 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: An essay by film critic Philip Kemp

New cover by Eric Skillman

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Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Conversation from 2010 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: An essay by film critic Philip Kemp

New cover by Eric Skillman

Night Train to Munich
Cast
Margaret Lockwood
Anna Bomasch
Rex Harrison
Gus Bennett
Paul Henreid
Karl Marsen
Basil Radford
Charters
Naunton Wayne
Caldicott
James Harcourt
Axel Bomasch
Felix Aylmer
Dr. Fredericks
Credits
Director
Carol Reed
Produced by
Edward Black
Based on an original story by
Gordon Wellesley
Screenplay by
Sidney Gilliat
Screenplay by
Frank Launder
Photography
Otto Kanturek
Editing
R. E. Dearing

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