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Watch on the Rhine (1943)

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Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother's home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe. A Romanian Count living there discovers Kurt's attache case full ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucile Watson ...
George Coulouris ...
Phili Von Ramme
Donald Buka ...
Italian Man
Helmut Dantine ...
Young Man
Clyde Fillmore ...
Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Klauber
Kurt Katch ...
Herr Blecher


Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother's home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe. A Romanian Count living there discovers Kurt's attache case full of money. He also finds out from friends at the German Embassy that Kurt is working with an anti-Nazi underground group in Germany. He tries to blackmail Kurt. Kurt shoots him and must flee. When Sara hears no more of Kurt, she knows that her oldest son Joshua will soon leave to work in the underground. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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On her lonesome lips a smile.




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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wacht am Rhein  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Head of the Production Code Joseph Breen objected to the scene where the family are given a tour of the house, including the bathroom which initially had a clear shot of a toilet. See more »


At 43:31, Sara's hand on David's arm changes position. See more »


Kurt Muller: I do what must be done. That is what I know how to do.
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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »


Akademische Festouvertüre (Academic Festival Overture) Op. 80
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Excerpt played in the score
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My favorite movie!
29 June 2000 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Probably my all-time favorite movie, a story of selflessness, sacrifice and dedication to a noble cause, but it's not preachy or boring. It just never gets old, despite my having seen it some 15 or more times in the last 25 years. Paul Lukas' performance brings tears to my eyes, and Bette Davis, in one of her very few truly sympathetic roles, is a delight. The kids are, as grandma says, more like "dressed-up midgets" than children, but that only makes them more fun to watch. And the mother's slow awakening to what's happening in the world and under her own roof is believable and startling. If I had a dozen thumbs, they'd all be "up" for this movie.

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