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Watch on the Rhine (1943)

 -  Drama  -  27 August 1943 (USA)
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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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Phili Von Ramme
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Bodo
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Clyde Fillmore ...
Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Klauber
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Herr Blecher
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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On her lonesome lips a smile.

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Drama

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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Wacht am Rhein  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play was written by her longtime companion, Dashiell Hammett. Hellman was unable to write the adaptation herself as she was contracted to work on the screenplay for The North Star (1943). She recommended that Hammett be given the assignment as he was very familiar with the material. (Hammett also needed the money.) See more »

Goofs

At 58:53, camera and crew are reflected on the car. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Muller: I do not tell you this story to prove that we are remarkable but to prove that they are not.
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Soundtracks

America, My Country 'Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey ("God Save the King!") (1744)
Played often 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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