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Night Train to Munich

(UK, 1940)

Cracking good thriller with Rex Harrison as a secret agent daringly penetrating into Nazi Germany and Paul Henreid as a German pursuing him. Margaret Lockwood is the Woman in Peril. There’s a real nice shootout on a cable car in the Alps at the end. One of the distinct pleasures here are two minor characters imported from Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, two years earlier, Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford as Charters and Caldicott, two stereotypical unflappable Englishmen who think about little but cricket. They were roles that proved so popular as comic relief that they reprised them in quite a few films over the next decade. They are utterly delightful.