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Writers:
Dashiell Hammett (screen play) and
Lillian Hellman (additional scenes and dialogue) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
On her lonesome lips a smile.
Plot:
Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother's home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fighting fascism See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Bette Davis ... Sara Muller

Paul Lukas ... Kurt Muller

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Marthe de Brancovis
Lucile Watson ... Fanny Farrelly

Beulah Bondi ... Anise
George Coulouris ... Teck de Brancovis
Donald Woods ... David Farrelly

Henry Daniell ... Phili Von Ramme

Eric Roberts ... Bodo
Donald Buka ... Joshua

Anthony Caruso ... Italian Man
Helmut Dantine ... Young Man
Clyde Fillmore ... Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Klauber
Kurt Katch ... Herr Blecher

Clarence Muse ... Horace
Frank L. Wilson ... Joseph (as Frank Wilson)
Janis Wilson ... Babette
Mary Young ... Mrs. Mellie Sewell
Rudolph Anders ... Oberdorff (as Robert O. Davis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leah Baird ... Miss Drake (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Trainman (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... German Embassy Servant (uncredited)
Herma Cordova ... Woman (uncredited)
Elvira Curci ... Italian Woman (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Mr. Chabeuf (uncredited)
Joseph DeVillard ... Spanish General (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... Woman (uncredited)
Michele Fehr ... Baby (uncredited)
Robert Fischer ... German Ambassador (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Embassy Party Guest (uncredited)

Alan Hale Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Cyrus Penfield (uncredited)
Violett McDowell ... Belle (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... German Embassy Ball Guest (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Trainman (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... American Diplomat (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Admiral (uncredited)
Walter O. Stahl ... German Embassy Butler (uncredited)
Hans Tanzler ... German Diplomat (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... German (uncredited)
William Washington ... Doc (uncredited)

Directed by
Herman Shumlin 
Hal Mohr (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Dashiell Hammett (screen play)

Lillian Hellman (additional scenes and dialogue)

Lillian Hellman (from the stage play by)

Produced by
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad (director of photography) (as Merritt Gerstad)
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett .... hair (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Morris Goldman .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects
John Holden .... special effects director (as Jack Holden)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ellsworth Fredericks .... second camera (uncredited)
Claude Hutchinson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Roy Noble .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Six .... stills (uncredited)
George Stout .... best boy (uncredited)
S.K. Taylor .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Mary Riley .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
Edward A. Blatt .... dialogue director (as Edward Blatt)
Florence O'Neill .... script clerk (uncredited)
Peter Pohlenz .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Hal B. Wallis Production) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lucille Watson recreated her stage role of Fanny Farelly in this film and earned an academy award nomination as best supporting actress.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Also during the breakfast scene between George Coulouris and Geraldine Fitzgerald, her hair is sensibly shorter in close-ups.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Akademische Festouvertüre (Academic Festival Overture) Op. 80See more »

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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Fighting fascism, 3 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Lillian Hellman, one of America's most famous women playwrights, was a woman with a mission. Her leftist views were not well regarded at the time in the country. In her memoir, she recounts her trip to the then, Soviet Union, as she was intrigued with the so called successes achieved by that system. "Watch on the Rhine" must have come as a result of those years. The left wing in America, as all over the world had an issue with the rise of fascism, not only in Europe, but in Japan as well.

"Watch on the Rhine" was a play produced on Broadway eight months before the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese. In it Ms. Hellman was heralding America's entrance in World War II. The adaptation is credited to Ms. Hellman and Dashiell Hammett, her long time companion. As directed for the screen by Herman Shumlin, the film was well received when it premiered in 1943.

We are introduced to the Muller family, when the film opens. They are crossing the border to the United States from Mexico. They are to continue toward Mrs. Muller's home in Washington, D.C., where her mother, Fanny Farrelly, is a minor celebrity hostess. The Mullers, we realize are fleeing Europe because of the persecution there against the opponents of the advancing totalitarian regime in Germany. In fact, we thought, in a way, the Mullers could have been better justified if they were Jewish, fleeing from a sure extermination.

We find out that Mr. Muller has had a terrible time in his native land, as well as in other places because his outspokenness in denouncing Fascim. Little does he know that he is coming to his mother-in-law's house that is housing one of the worst exponents of that philosophy.

The film offers excellent acting all around. It is a curiosity piece because of Bette Davis' supporting role. Paul Lukas, repeating his Broadway role, is quite convincing as Kurt Muller, the upright man that wants to make a better world for himself and his family. Mr. Lukas does a great job portraying Kurt Muller, repeating the role that made him a stage luminary on Broadway.

The other best performance is by Lucile Watson, who plays Fanny Farrelly, the matriarch of this family. Geraldine Fitzgerald is seen as Marthe de Brancovis, a guest of the Farrellys, married to the contemptible Teck de Brancovis, a Nazi sympathizer, played by George Coulouris. Beulah Bondi, Donald Woods, and the rest of the supporting cast give good performances guided by Mr. Shumlin.

The film should serve as a reminder about the evils of totalitarian rule, no matter where.

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