• Night Train to Munich

    1940. Great Britain. Carol Reed. 93 min.

Introduced by Lady Mercia Harrison and other members of the Harrison family

Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 6:15 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Night Train to Munich

    1940. Great Britain. Directed by Carol Reed. With Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood, Paul von Henreid (later Paul Henreid), Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne. The first of Harrison's collaborations with Reed (they were reunited a quarter-century later for The Agony and the Ecstasy), Night Train to Munich—distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, then headed by Darryl Zanuck, the only non-Jewish major studio boss—was finally released in the Nazi-squeamish U.S. in October 1940, barely a week after Chaplin's The Great Dictator shattered the Hollywood taboo against portraying the Third Reich as murderously anti-Semitic. For the understandably less-fastidious Brits, the film (originally entitled Gestapo) had come out in a besieged and bombarded London the previous May. In some ways a more politically charged reworking of Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938), this film enabled Harrison to establish himself as a potent anti-Nazi hero in Britain's hour of need. Harrison went on to serve three years as Flight Lieutenant Reginald Harrison in the Royal Air Force. 93 min.

In the Film exhibition Rex Harrison: A Centenary Tribute

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