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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:
A disappointment See more (42 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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 (music by)
 
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:
Director Herman Shumlin was most unhappy with his initial director of photography Merritt B. Gerstad who was eventually replaced by Hal Mohr.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sara is trying on a white dress, her son Joshua comes to the door. The end of his tie is 2 inches above his belt. As he turns and leaves with his grandmother his tie is now long enough to be tucked into his belt.See more »
Quotes:
Kurt Muller:I do what must be done. That is what I know how to do.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Akademische Festouvertüre (Academic Festival Overture) Op. 80See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A disappointment, 13 January 2009
Author: (richard@berrong.fr) from United States

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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