Night Train to Munich ★★★★½

Although watching historical footage of Nazis stomping their way across Europe isn't quite my cup of tea during this election season, the escape plot for Night Train to Munich is superb. The best spy thrillers are needlessly complicated and the escape-by-gondola is worthy of the Bond franchise (though with far fewer bodies and revolvers that inexplicably fire far more than six bullets).  

I was absolutely tickled to see Charters and Caldicott from The Lady Vanishes pop up on the train as the quintessential Britons on vacation ready to help out a chap in a tight place. Paul Henried oozes far more sex appeal than Rex Harrison (who, to me, will always be Henry Higgins barking about letting women in his life) and it's quite easy to see how Henried got cast as Laszlo in Casablanca. 

And now I need to rewatch Margaret Lockwood (one of my favorite actresses) in The Lady Vanishes (once I finish having a chuckle at Michael Redgrave in The Importance of Being Earnest)

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