Desperate Journey

Desperate Journey

Errol Flynn
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Ronald Wilson Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan
, Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
Raoul Walsh

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Errol Flynn are the on-screen spark plugs in this bracing propaganda yarn, which relies on the personalities of its casts as well as the lively direction of Raoul Walsh to overcome the improbabilities of its plot. In 1942, a lone RAF bomber flying deep into Germany (just inside the old Polish border) is shot down after completing its mission. The skipper is killed, and left in command is Flight Lieutenant Terry Forbes (Errol Flynn), an Australian who plans on leaving damage behind on the ground so the Germans remember him, even if he doesn't make it back to England. The rest of the crew consists of brash American bombardier Johnny Hammond (Ronald Reagan), bookish Canadian navigator Jed Forrest (Arthur Kennedy), wide-eyed Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis (Ronald Sinclair), the son of a World War I hero, and First World War veteran Kirk Edwards (Alan Hale, Sr.). They're captured in short order, and brought before Luftwaffe Major Otto Baumeister (Raymond Massey) for interrogation -- they not only manage to escape, but gather some information vital to the Allied war effort. Now they only have to figure out how to cross most of Germany and Holland, avoiding capture along the way by a mix of sheer daring, blind luck, and assistance from two anti-Nazi Germans (Nancy Coleman, Albert Bassermann) -- and just when it seems that all of the odds have turned against them, they find themselves faced with a German plot to wipe out a major part of London, and one last opportunity to get home.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2020
UPC: 0883929712861
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 954

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes
Ronald Reagan Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
Arthur Kennedy Flying Officer Jed Forrest
Raymond Massey Maj. Otto Baumeister
Sig Rumann Preuss
Pat O'Moore Squadron Leader Lane Ferris
Ronald Sinclair Flight Sgt. Lloyd Hollis
Louis Arco Feldwebel Gertz
Charles Irwin Capt. Coswick
Robert O. Davis Kruse
Walter Brooke Flight Sgt. Warwick
Harry Lewis Evans
Don Phillips Kenton
Frank Alten Lieutenant
Barry Bernard Squadron Commander
Walter Bonn Sentry
Sven Hugo Borg Mechanic
Harold Daniels German Soldier
Helmut Dantine German Copilot
Carl Ekberg Telephone Repairman
Arno Frey Pvt. Trecha
Gene Garrick Polish Boy
Ludwig Hardt Pharmacist
William Hopper Aircraftsman
Kurt Katch Hesse
Rolf Lindau Sergeant
Jack Lomas Magnus
Otto Reichow Pvt. Koenig
Henry Rowland Motorcycle Scout
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink Sentry
Hans Schumm Actor
Lester Sharpe Driver
Bob Stephenson Gestapo Agent
Roland Varno Unteroffizier
Douglas Walton British Officer
Sigfrid Tor Pvt. Rasek
Nancy Coleman Kaethe Brahms
Albert Basserman Dr. Mather
Felix Basch Dr. Herman Brahms
Ilka Gruning Frau Brahms
Elsa Basserman Frau Raeder
Richard Fraser Squadron Leader Clark
Henry Victor Heinrich Schwartzmuller
Lester Matthews Wing Commander
Alan Hale Flight Sgt. Kirk Edwards
Bruce Lister English Officer

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Rudi Fehr Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo W. Friedhofer Musical Direction/Supervision
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Arthur Horman Screenwriter
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Saper Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

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