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The Dawn Express (1942)

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62 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula that increases the power of ordinary gasoline for U.S. Army aviation use. Two U.S. chemical companies are developing the formula, with each working on half for security purposes. The spies get ...See moreA Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula that increases the power of ordinary gasoline for U.S. Army aviation use. Two U.S. chemical companies are developing the formula, with each working on half for security purposes. The spies get half the formula and know that either of two chemists, Robert Norton (Michael Wilding or Tom Fielding (William Bakewell), knows the rest. They capture Fielding, through a ruse by gang member Linda Pavlo (Constance Worth, and threaten the life of his sister Nancy (Anne Nagel) and his mother if he does not give them the formula. To protect his friend Fielding, who does know the formula and is engaged to Nancy, Tom pretends to know the secret and boards the Dawn Express plane with the spy leader and his gang. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writer
Arthur St. Claire (original story and screenplay)
Cinematographer
Edward Linden (as Eddie Linder)
Editor
Leete Renick Brown (as L.R. Brown)
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Updated Mar 27, 1942

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Mar 27, 1942 (United States)

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23 cast members
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Michael Whalen
Robert Norton Robert Norton   See fewer
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Anne Nagel
Nancy Fielding Nancy Fielding   See fewer
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William Bakewell
Tom Fielding Tom Fielding   See fewer
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Constance Worth
Linda Pavlo Linda Pavlo   See fewer
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Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Capt. Gemmler (as Hans von Twardowski) Capt. Gemmler (as Hans von Twardowski)   See fewer
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Jack Mulhall
Chief Agent James Curtis Chief Agent James Curtis   See fewer
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George Pembroke
Prof. Karl Schmidt Prof. Karl Schmidt   See fewer
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Kenneth Harlan
Agent Brown Agent Brown   See fewer
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Robert Frazer
John Oliver John Oliver   See fewer
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Hans von Morhart
Heinrich - Kidnapper Heinrich - Kidnapper   See fewer
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Michael Vallon
Argus - Blind Spy Argus - Blind Spy   See fewer
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Willy Castello
Otto - Tavern Spy Otto - Tavern Spy   See fewer
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Charles Calvert
Headwaiter (uncredited) Headwaiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Cheatham
Max - the Bartender (uncredited) Max - the Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gardner
Nazi Spy (uncredited) Nazi Spy (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Burr Macannan
Wolf - Kidnap Car Driver (uncredited) Wolf - Kidnap Car Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mayo
Detective Shadowing Tom (uncredited) Detective Shadowing Tom (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Morrell
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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C. Montague Shaw
Franklin Prescott (uncredited) Franklin Prescott (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rudolf Steinboeck
Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Crane Whitley
Agent (uncredited) Agent (uncredited)   See fewer
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Poppy Wilde
Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Yetter Sr.
Heinrich's Partner - Kidnapper (uncredited) Heinrich's Partner - Kidnapper (uncredited)   See fewer
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4.5 / 10 | 137 votes