A snow battle sequence was filmed in the Sierra Mountains of California in March 1943 with experts Eric Lundquist and Nils Larsen portraying Polish skiers, but the sequence was not used in the film. See more »
This was the first film that I can recall seeing, way back in the 1940s. I was about 6 or 7 years old at the time (I'm now 66). I can remember nothing of the rose-tinted picture of Stalin's Russia described in John Barnes' comments.
In fact, I can recall little of the plot, other than that it featured an orchestral conductor and extracts from Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto. Thus, the film introduced me to Tchaikovsky and classical music and, for that, I am eternally grateful.
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