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Margin for Error (1943)

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It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate ran by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer are too happy with ... See full summary »

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Sophia Baumer
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Moe Finkelstein
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Baron Max von Alvenstor (as Charles Esmond)
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Otto Horst
Poldi Dur ...
Frieda (as Poldy Dur)
Clyde Fillmore ...
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It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate ran by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer are too happy with this turn of events. Moe, however, quickly becomes fiends with the other residents of the consulate: Sophie Baumer, the consul's wife; the secretary Baron Max Von Alvenstor; and a pretty maid named Freida. Moe senses an underlying tension that is not entirely accounted for by the gathering clouds of war. The gambling-loving Baumer has lost a large sum of money belonging to the German government, Sophie has learned to hate her husband and what he stands for and represents, and Baron Max has fallen in love with her. Max confronts Baumer with the discrepancy in the consulate's funds, and Baumer threatens to inform Berlin that one of Max's grandparents was not "Aryan." The arrival of a group of Nazi saboteurs and the insistence they be given the funds to finance their project stirs consulate affairs ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A loose comedy by Otto Preminger.
17 July 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

A policeman Yorker "Moe Finkelstein" (Milton Berle), he was commissioned to guard the German consul "Baumer" (Otto Preminger), but neither is too happy for the task, because the police are anti-Semitic Jew and consul. However, "Moe" soon becomes a friend of the secretary of the consulate, Baron "von Max Alvenstor" by "Freida" a young service personnel, and "Sophie" (Joan Bennett), wife of "Baumer" , who has been married for interest in your family will not be sent to a concentration camp in Austria. The Consulate is perceived a climate of tension that is not hidden to the possible outbreak of the war. "Baumer" is a gambler who has lost a lot of money the German government. Max faces "Baumer" by the embezzlement at the consulate. When the arrival of a group of Nazi saboteurs and their request for money to fund their objectives, "Baumer" endanger.

Preminger, in role of "Baumer", transforms the film into a mixture of comedy with touches of drama. The characters in the film are greatly exaggerated, especially "Moe" and "Baumer". It's a film that fails to highlight or as a comedy nor as drama. Perhaps this film as theater piece with characters fittest, can achieve better results. Therefore we consider it as an exception in the films of Preminger.


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