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49th Parallel -- At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities before trying to cross into the United States.

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Director:
Writers:
Emeric Pressburger (original story and screenplay)
Rodney Ackland (scenario) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE MIGHTEST MANHUNT THAT EVER SWEPT THE SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »
Plot:
A WW2 U-boat crew is stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Nazis in North America See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Richard George ... Kommandant Bernsdorff
Eric Portman ... Lieutenant Hirth
Raymond Lovell ... Lieutenant Kuhnecke
Niall MacGinnis ... Vogel
Peter Moore ... Kranz
John Chandos ... Lohrmann
Basil Appleby ... Jahner

Laurence Olivier ... Johnnie - the Trapper

Finlay Currie ... The Factor
Ley On ... Nick - the Eskimo
Anton Walbrook ... Peter

Glynis Johns ... Anna
Charles Victor ... Andreas
Frederick Piper ... David

Leslie Howard ... Philip Armstrong Scott
Tawera Moana ... George - the Indian
Eric Clavering ... Art
Charles Rolfe ... Bob

Raymond Massey ... Andy Brock
Theodore Salt ... A United States Customs Officer
O.W. Fonger ... A United States Customs Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Beatty ... RCMP Mountie in Alberta (voice) (uncredited)

Elisabeth Bergner ... Anna (uncredited)
Eric Berry ... Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Gron Davies ... Officer on Submarine (uncredited)
Leslie Falardeau ... Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
Lionel Grose ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Hynes ... Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
Stuart Latham ... Second Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Norman Luxton ... Man in fringed jacket on balcony at Banff Indian Day (uncredited)
Vincent Massey ... Prologue Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Percy Parsons ... Hi-Jacked Canadian Motorist (uncredited)
Gerry Wilmot ... Canadian Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
 
Writing credits
Emeric Pressburger (original story and screenplay)

Rodney Ackland (scenario) and
Emeric Pressburger (scenario)

Produced by
Michael Powell .... producer
George H. Brown .... associate producer (uncredited)
Roland Gillett .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ralph Vaughan Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as Frederick Young)
 
Film Editing by
David Lean 
 
Art Direction by
David Rawnsley 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harold Boxall .... in charge of production
George H. Brown .... associate in charge of production (as George Brown)
Roland Gillett .... associate in charge of production
John Sutro .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Seabourne .... associate director (as A. Seabourne)
 
Art Department
Frederick Pusey .... associate art director
Sydney Streeter .... associate art director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Peter Cushing .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Darling .... sound recorder
C.C. Stevens .... sound recorder
A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor
Dex Harrison .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... photography: special backgrounds (as Osmond Borrowdaile)
Henty Henty-Creer .... cameraman
Skeets Kelly .... cameraman
Jim Body .... clapper boy (uncredited)
Fred Daniels .... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)
Leslie Falardeau .... camera grip (uncredited)
Jack Hynes .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Mason .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Oscar Paulin .... camera grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hugh Stewart .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Phyllis Sellick .... musician: piano, Philip Armstrong Scott segment, on radio (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nugent M. Clougher .... advisor: Canada
Abraham Bloomfield .... interpreter: Eskimo (uncredited)
Betty Curtis .... continuity (uncredited)
Betty Curtis .... production secretary (uncredited)
Captain Halfyard .... master of "The Continent" (uncredited)
Bill Paton .... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
Bill Paton .... double: Leslie Howard, Lake O'Hara (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The 49th Parallel" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Forty-Ninth Parallel" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Invaders" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
123 min | USA:104 min | USA:122 min (TV version: M-G-M print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:12 (re-rating) (1962) | Norway:16 (1946) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the final scene of the film, showing the boxcar carrying the German sailor and Canadian soldier being returned from the US to Canada, the train is shown moving backwards right to left over the Niagara River, which is flowing towards the screen. This is a geographic impossibility: the Niagara River flows south to north, with the US shore always west of the Canadian shore. As a result, the film shows the train moving from Canada to the US; a correct shot would have shown either the train moving left to right or the river flowing away from the screen.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Canadian Airways floatplane CF-BJE is hijacked by the Nazis in Hudson's Bay. The plane crashes in a Manitoba lake hours later, showing the reg CF-A something.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Prologue:I see a long, straight line athwart a continent. No chain of forts, or deep flowing river, or mountain range, but a line drawn by men upon a map, nearly a century ago, accepted with a handshake, and kept ever since. A boundary which divides two nations, yet marks their friendly meeting ground. The 49th parallel: the only undefended frontier in the world.
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Featured in The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV)See more »
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35 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Nazis in North America, 27 September 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

This film, being labeled as propaganda, seems to be different from the usual fare Hollywood presented for the same purpose during the years of WWII. It takes a director like Michael Powell, working with his usual collaborator, Emeric Pressburger, to turn this movie into a riveting case against fascism. The screen play, by Mr. Pressburger and Rodney Ackland involves the viewer from the start.

Mr. Powell and his crew did wonders with their budgets. Things were done in a much modest scale in England, especially during those days of hardship as the country was already involved in the conflict. By bringing the production to Canada, Mr. Powell achieved a coup by shooting the film in locations that show the majesty of the country.

In a way, "49th Parallel" shows the difference in ideology from the stranded Nazis with the friendliness and openness of Canada. The generosity of that country in receiving, and accepting all the people in need of refuge, is also in sharp contrast with the philosophy advocated by Hitler and his ilk in Europe.

One of Mr. Powell's accomplishment with this film is to present the biggest stars of the English cinema in roles that were not what one expected from these actors to assume. Thus, we watch Leslie Howard, Lawrence Olivier, Anton Walbrook, Raymond Massey in roles that are self effacing, at best, but which leave their mark on us, the viewers. Eric Portman is the only one that is seen throughout the film, as he got the best opportunity of his career where to shine as the hateful Lt. Hans Hirth. A young Glynis Johns is seen at the rural commune.

The great cinematography of Freddie Young and the elegant editing of David Lean are hidden assets of this film. The musical score by Ralph Vaughan Williams is heard in the background.

This is a highly recommended film to realize the greatness of Michael Powell at work.

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