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Daniel Fuchs (screenplay)
Sutton Vane (play)
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Release Date:
20 May 1944 (USA) See more »
They lived in the Shadow of Death!
Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Goodbye, Eleanor Parker
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Very good and effective drama from Warner Brothers See more (46 total) »


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Directed by
Edward A. Blatt 
Writing credits
Daniel Fuchs (screenplay)

Sutton Vane (play "Outward Bound")

Produced by
Mark Hellinger .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (director of photography) (as Carl Guthrie)
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
Art Direction by
Hugh Reticker 
Set Decoration by
Jack McConaghy 
Costume Design by
Leah Rhodes (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound (as Clare A. Riggs)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Simon Bucharoff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold .... conductor (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Frederick De Cordova .... dialogue director
Jeanette Bates .... dance director (uncredited)
Bill Rice .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #9761) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The character played by Paul Henreid (Henry Bergner) is desperately trying to get on board the ship, and the clerk makes multiple references to "Casablanca": exit permits (visas), fighting with the Free French, needing to leave quickly, sending his wife away, etc. Perhaps Bergner / Bergman as well? Also, both are Warner Bros films.See more »
Tom Prior:I read a great epitaph once, I'm gonna steal it for myself.
Tom Prior:Here lies Prior, died a bachelor. Wifeless. Childless. Wish his father'd died the same.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Very good and effective drama from Warner Brothers, 21 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The dead victims of a London bombing and two suicides are on a ship headed - well, they're not sure - in "Between Two Worlds," a 1944 film starring John Garfield, Sydney Greenstret, Paul Henried, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, Faye Emerson and George Coulouris. The suicides, a married couple played by Henried and Parker, are the only ones at first who realize they're dead, but the others find out soon enough. Then they learn that "The Examiner" will be coming on board to evaluate them and decide their final destination.

The film employs a stark set for the ship, and it works beautifully as the tense passengers wait to learn their individual fates.

The acting is marvelous all around. Eleanor Parker reminded me very much of Gene Tierney - at first, I didn't recognize her until I heard her voice. She and Henried are excellent as the only two people who have chosen their destinies. Parker's role especially is written almost melodramatically so at times, she seems over the top, but the story seems to call for it. Greenstreet, with his powerful presence, makes a good examiner. Faye Emerson is lovely as an actress who made a lot of wrong choices, and John Garfield is strong as a belligerent no-good whose life didn't add up to much.

During World War II, it's not surprising that people were giving a lot of thought to the afterlife. After World War II, there were all kinds of films about people come back to earth and angels walking among us. The view of "Between Two Worlds" is that each of us makes our own heaven and hell on earth, that in the end, we sow what we reap, and that love is stronger than any other force. I loved it.

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