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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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Italian Man
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Clyde Fillmore ...
Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Klauber
Kurt Katch ...
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

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

Bette Davis didn't get on with her co-star Lucile Watson who played her mother in the film. In real life, Watson was a staunch Republican and held many opposite views to Davis. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bodo: [Addressing Anise and discussing her French accent] Yes your accent is from the North, that is fine country. We were in hiding there once.
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Connections

Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »

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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A disappointment
13 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie with a noble heart and fine actors. Unfortunately, it is also a movie with a stiff and leaden script, painfully unnatural and not well directed. It is impossible not to feel for Paul Lukas' character, just as it is impossible not to feel for Paul Heinried's character in Casablanca, made the same year and dealing with similar issues. But whereas the script in Casablanca, one of that movie's many wonders, makes real people of its characters, the script in this movie fails miserably in that respect, as in others.

If you have never seen this movie, watch it. But it could have been so much better with a better script.


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