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The Dawn Express (March 27, 1942)

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The Dawn Express
 

Released March 27, 1942: (running time 62 minutes) Two U.S. chemical companies are developing a secret formula for making gasoline much more powerful, and a Nazi spy ring stops at nothing to get the formula.

Directed by Albert Herman

The Actors: Michael Whalen (Robert Norton), Anne Nagel (Nancy Fielding), William Bakewell (Tom Fielding), Constance Worth (Linda Pavlo), Hans Heinrich von Twardowski (Captain Gemmler), Jack Mulhall (Chief Agent James Curtis), George Pembroke (Professor Karl Schmidt), Kenneth Harlan (government agent Brown), Robert Frazer (John Oliver), Hans von Morhart (Heinrich, a kidnapper), Michael Vallon (Argus,the blind spy), Willy Castello (Otto, spy with cheek scar), Charles Calvert (headwaiter Schultz), Jack Cheatham (Max the bartender), Jack Gardner (Nazi spy), George Burr Macannan (Wolf, the kidnap car driver), Frank Mayo (Ed, the government agent shadowing Tom), George Morrell (waiter), C. Montague Shaw (Franklyn Prescott, Nancy's boss), Rudolph Steinboeck (restaurant patron), Crane Whitley (agent), Poppy Wilde (restaurant patron), William Yetter Sr. (Heinrich's partner/kidnapper).

 

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Scientists, Spies, and the Blind Man

In the fall of 1941, London was being bombed by Nazi’s, and Japan was fighting to take control of China. Here in the U.S., we were at peace, watching both wars raging on, without the will to join either effort wholeheartedly. Then, on December 7, 1941, Japan extended their war with China and attacked America at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of the American Pacific fleet. Suddenly, we got the will to fight, and America began to prepare for war.

Hollywood jumped right in, making war movies and foreign spy adventures like this one, which premiered only eighty-seven days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It probably took us much too long to decide to join the war in Europe or the war in the Pacific, but when we did, there was no hesitation.

As our adventure opens we discover that a large American chemical company is working on a secret formula to make gasoline twice as powerful with only a few drops of a special chemical called ‘311’. Half of the formula is being developed by a scientist on the east coast, and the other half is being perfected by our two leading men on the west coast.

Unfortunately, the scientist on the east coast has disappeared with his half of the formula, and now there are spies all around our two scientists on the west coast. The fate of the world rests on these two men, and their ability to out-wit the spies that are in their daily lives already. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anne Nagel
Anne Nagel
C. Montague Shaw
C. Montague Shaw
Charles Calvert
Charles Calvert
Charles Calvert
Charles Calvert
Constance Worth
Constance Worth
Constance Worth and William Bakewell
Constance Worth and William Bakewell
Constance Worth
Constance Worth
Frank Mayo
Frank Mayo
George Burr Macannan
George Burr Macannan
George Burr Macannan, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Hans von Morhart
George Burr Macannan, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski, Hans von Morhart
George Pembroke
George Pembroke
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Hans von Morhart
Hans von Morhart
Hans von Morhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Hans von Morhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Hans von Morhart
Hans von Morhart
Jack Cheatham
Jack Cheatham
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall, C. Montague Shaw
Jack Mulhall, C. Montague Shaw
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Kenneth Harlan
Kenneth Harlan
Michael Vallon
Michael Vallon
Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen
Michael Whalen
Robert Frazer
Robert Frazer
Robert Frazer
Robert Frazer
William Bakewell
William Bakewell
William Bakewell, Hans von Morhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
William Bakewell, Hans von Morhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
William Bakewell
William Bakewell
William Yetter Sr.
William Yetter Sr.
Willy Castello
Willy Castello