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Night Train(1940)

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This film was released in Great Britain as Gestapo and then as Night Train to Munich. The Fox trade advertising billing sheet lists In Disguise as another alternate title, and a letter contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library states that the picture was also known as Crooks Tour. The title of Gordon Wellesley's original story was "Report on a Fugitive." Although there is a copyright statement on the film's title card, it is not listed in the copyright register. This picture, produced by Twentieth Century Productions for Twentieth Century-Fox, was distributed in the United Kingdom by M-G-M to fulfill quota requirements. The Motion Picture Herald review, dated June 8, 1940, praised the film's topicality; the London trade showing occurred just after the evacuation of British soldiers from Dunkirk and the fall of France to Germany. Noting that the film exploited "the spirit and events of the day before yesterday," the reviewer stated: "Shown to a trade show audience the film went down as well as any motion picture might be expected to do with war a hundred and fifty miles away." Gordon Wellesley received an Academy Award nomination in the Writing (Original Story) category for his work on the film.
       Many reviewers commented on the similarities between Night Train and The Lady Vanishes, a 1938 Gaumont-British Gainsborough production directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which was also written by Sydney Gilliat and Frank Launder. It starred Margaret Lockwood and also featured Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as "Charters" and "Caldicott." Radford and Wayne played very similar characters in the 1945 Ealing Studios film Dead of Night.