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Exile Express


Anna Sten plays Nadine Nikolas, a Russian emigrant to the United States who is diligently studying for her citizenship qualification exam and employed as a laboratory assistant for a research chemist, Dr. Hite (Harry Davenport) who has developed a sort of pesticide that can also be a horribly lethal weapon. Some foreign power wants to get the formula, and the authorities suspect that Nadine is involved in the plot. She isn't, but she's ordered deported anyway.

Exile Express is a 1939 American drama film directed by Otis Garrett and starring Anna Sten, Alan Marshal (actor) and Jerome Cowan. After being wrongly implicated in the murder of her scientist boss by foreign agents, a young immigrant woman is placed on board an "exile express" from California to New York City where she is to be deported from Ellis Island. With the help of a journalist who has fallen in love with her, she jumps the train and sets out to prove her innocence.
It was the first film Sten had made in the United States since leaving her contract with Samuel Goldwyn after The Wedding Night (1935). Since then Sten had appeared in a single film A Woman Alone (film) (1936) in Britain. Exile Express was made by the small Grand National Pictures, which went out of business the same year after producing several large-budgeted films which didn't recoup their costs.


  • Anna Sten as Nadine Nikolas
  • Alan Marshal (actor) as Steve Reynolds
  • Jerome Cowan as Paul Brandt
  • Walter Catlett as Gus
  • Jed Prouty as Hanley
  • Stanley Fields (actor) as Tony Kassan
  • Leonid Kinskey as David
  • Etienne Girardot as Caretaker
  • Irving Pichel as Victor
  • Harry Davenport (actor) as Dr. Hite
  • Addison Richards as Purnell
  • Feodor Chaliapin Jr. as Kaishevshy
  • Spencer Charters as Justice of the Peace Henry P. Smith
  • Byron Foulger as Serge
  • Don Brodie as Mullins
  • Henry Roquemore as Constable
  • Vince Barnett as Deputy Constable
  • Maude Eburne as Mrs. Smith

Category:1939 films
Category:American films
Category:1930s drama films
Category:American drama films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Grand National Films films
Category:Rail transport films

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