Subway in the Sky

Subway in the Sky

Muriel Box (1958)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A film that wasn't highly regarded on its release, but thanks to its cast, subject matter and director bears re-evaluation today. It's set in postwar Germany, and features two particularly watchable stars, both of whom have done better work than this. Ageing bobby-sox idol Van Johnson is a better actor than is generally acknowledged; he had a propensity for worried, introverted heroes, and here he's hiding from the authorities (who think he's a drug dealer) in the flat of cabaret singer Hildegarde Neff. The director is Muriel Box, one of the few English women directors to have had a successful screen career, though here she struggles to keep the stage origins of the material hidden. Wilkie Cooper's stark black-and-white photography is excellent.


A military doctor in post-Second World War Berlin goes on the run when he is accused of drug smuggling. He finds a cabaret singer is living in the flat he is hiding out in, and persuades her to help him prove his innocence. Thriller, starring Van Johnson, Hildegarde Neff, Katherine Kath and Cec Linder.

Cast & Crew

Maj Baxter Grant Van Johnson
Lilli Hoffman Hildegarde Neff
Carson Cec Linder
Carl Albert Lieven
Anna Grant Katherine Kath
Stefan Grant Vivian Matalon
Sgt Harwell Chuck Keyser
Molloy Edward Judd
Director Muriel Box
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Some violence and nudityAvailable on: DVD