A grand old wartime yarn based on Gordon Wellesley’s Oscar-nominated original story and spun for the big screen by director Carol Reed, "Night Train" relies on outrageous coincidences, dumb Nazis, and questionable plot twists that would have rendered a less assured production more farce than fancy. But Margaret Lockwood and a terribly miscast Rex Harrison manage to plod along amiably supported by a leering Paul Henreid and the comedic duo of Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford here reprising their roles of Caldicott and Charters, those stiff upper-lipped British gents who first appeared on another train in Hitchcock’s "The Lady Vanishes". As a propaganda film it goes down easily without the need for any King and Country bombast and the scenes along a treacherous mountain pass are beautifully filmed though hardly convincing.

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