A twisting, turning cloak-and-dagger delight, Night Train to Munich is a gripping comic confection from writers Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat and director Carol Reed. Paced like an out-of-control freight train, Night Train takes viewers on a World War II–era 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 also features Casablanca’s Paul Henreid—mixes comedy, romance, and thrills with enough skill and cleverness to give the master of suspense himself pause. —The Criterion Collection
At the end of the 1930s, Carol Reed was regarded as one of the most promising young directors in England; at the end of the 1940s, he was the maker of one of the most popular and critically acclaimed movies of the decade, the most prominent director working in England, and the most lionized British director this side of Alfred Hitchcock, and the world was knocking at his door. During the 1950s, he became the first movie director ever to be awarded a knighthood, and he closed out the 1960s with one of the very few blockbuster musicals of its time to earn a profit or filmmaking honors, in between and around those triumphs lay a life and career worthy of a movie. Carol Reed was born into a family with some of the best artistic/theatrical credentials of any film director who ever lived. His father was Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), the leading actor of his day and, among many other credits, the stage’s first Henry Higgins, and his mother was Tree’s mistress, May Pinney Reed. Born… read more
Don't put the fucking climactic last minute as your cover art, ya fucking gobshites. Otherwise an entertaining spy thriller thing that makes Nazis look like assholes, which for some reason kept Germany from releasing it there until 2011. Yeah, 2011. You did it. Admit it. Like that time I stole a playboy when I was 12. Wait. Shit. Ignore that last part.
The writing team behind Hitchcock's glorious The Lady Vanishes reunited two years later for a similarly themed adventure, this time helmed by Reed in the finest film from the early part of his career. Comedy and thrills are merged successfully as Rex Harrison's dashing secret agent dons a German officer's uniform in order to whisk away a Czech scientist and his daughter right from under the Nazis' noses. Great fun...
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If all had gone to plan and Alfred Hitchcock had directed ‘Night Train To Munich’ instead of Carl Reed then it may not have become the overlooked gem that it is today. Having enjoyed a great success… read review