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Harold Medford (screen play)
Curt Siodmak (story)
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Release Date:
1 May 1948 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Merle Oberon ... Lucienne

Robert Ryan ... Robert Lindley

Charles Korvin ... Perrot

Paul Lukas ... Dr. Bernhardt
Robert Coote ... Sterling

Reinhold Schünzel ... Walther (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Roman Toporow ... Lt. Maxim Kiroshilov
Peter von Zerneck ... Hans Schmidt (as Peter Von Zerneck)

Otto Waldis ... Kessler
Fritz Kortner ... Franzen
Michael Harvey ... Sgt. Barnes

Tom Keene ... Major (as Richard Powers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taylor Allen ... Fräulein (uncredited)
Will Allister ... Richard (uncredited)
Frank Alten ... German Steward (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... German Youth #2 (uncredited)
Ernst Brengt ... Artist (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Husky #2 (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Army Technician (uncredited)
James Craven ... British Major (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... MP (uncredited)

Robert Dalban ... French Intelligence Chief (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... American Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... GI #2 (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Carl Ekberg ... German (uncredited)

Fernanda Eliscu ... German Woman (uncredited)

Gene Evans ... Train Sergeant (uncredited)
Richard Flato ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... German Bystander (uncredited)
Bert Goodrich ... Acrobatic Team Member (uncredited)
Marle Hayden ... Maja the Mind Reader (uncredited)
George Holt ... German (uncredited)
Hans Hopf ... German (uncredited)
Eva Hyde ... Club Hostess (uncredited)
Jack G. Lee ... Captain (uncredited)

Rory Mallinson ... MP Guard on Second Train (uncredited)

Charles McGraw ... USFET Col. Johns (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Clerk (uncredited)

James Nolan ... ROT Captain on First Train (uncredited)
Larry Nunn ... GI #2 (uncredited)

Bill Raisch ... German (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Corporal (uncredited)
George Redpath ... Acrobatic Team Member (uncredited)
Ernest Roberts ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... MP Guard at Train Station (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Saxophone Player (uncredited)
Jack Serailian ... Cigarette Salvager (uncredited)
Robert 'Buddy' Shaw ... Spy (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Spy (uncredited)
Christian Simon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Russian Colonel (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Husky #1 (uncredited)
Fred Spitz ... German Civilian (uncredited)

William Stelling ... American Sergeant (uncredited)
Hermine Sterler ... Frau Borne (uncredited)

Paul Stewart ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ... German Waitress (uncredited)
Willy Wickerhauser ... Friedrich - Gang Member (uncredited)
Al Winters ... German Peasant (uncredited)
David Wold ... German (uncredited)
Eric Wyland ... The Clown (uncredited)

William Yetter Jr. ... German Youth #1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Harold Medford (screen play)

Curt Siodmak (story)

Produced by
Bert Granet .... producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Alfred Herman 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
William Stevens (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Ruth Reeves .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dore Schary .... in charge of production
Sam Ruman .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Levinson .... assistant director
Sound Department
John C. Grubb .... sound (as Jack Grubb)
Clem Portman .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Harry Perry .... special effects
Harold E. Stine .... special effects (as Harold Stine)
Camera and Electrical Department
S.H. Browell .... grip (uncredited)
Richard Davol .... camera operator (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Art Say .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orry-Kelly .... gowns: Miss Oberon's (as Orry Kelly)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
William Dorfman .... assistant to the producer
Charles O'Curran .... dance director (uncredited)
Daniel B. Ullman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1949) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12475) | West Germany:16 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

During location shooting, Col. George Eyster of the U.S. Army's public relations office served as liaison for the cast and crew.See more »
Errors in geography: The narration for the final scene says the train arrived at Wannsee, in the far west of Berlin, but the scene shows them driving from the east, down Unter Den Linden and into West Berlin. The British and American then ask passing jeeps for lifts to their respective bases which they would have driven past on the way from Wannsee, whilst the Russian turns around and drives back under the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin.See more »
Robert Lindley:I know. We don't have any more German enemies, do we?
Sterling:No authorized ones, anyway.
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating historical footage., 27 June 2005
Author: otto4 from California, USA

I've only seen this movie once but what differentiates it for me is not the story, the actors, or the director, but rather the footage of post WWII Frankfurt Germany and the devastation wrought by the war.

In addition to the general post-war, pre-Cold War footage, the most fascinating thing is the film shot inside the I.G. Farben builting. This building is famous among architects and has a unique interior, shown in the film. This building was also the "Abrams Building" during the time the U.S. military occupied it during the Cold War and anyone who was in Frankfurt in the 1970's or 1980's might recognise it as unchanged inside from the time the movie was made to the time one served in the Army. This film is rare because that was a secure building during much of the Cold War. Today I believe the Army has left the building and it is occupied by a school or college.

Lots of history in this movie. I wish it was available on DVD.

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