Shot on location amid the ravages of postwar Frankfurt and Berlin, this crackling espionage thriller plays like Hollywood’s answer to the European rubble films of the era. En route from Paris to Berlin, a motley crew of international strangers—including Robert Ryan’s American government worker and Merle Oberon’s mysterious French secretary—find themselves thrown together in the fight to save a German peace activist from assassination. A tour through the ruined monuments and smoky underground cabarets of Germany’s hollowed-out cities, Berlin Express artfully blends shadowy intrigue with a genuinely moving plea for tolerance in the face of nationalism, hatred, and fear. Print preserved by The Library of Congress.

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