The Search (1948)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  26 March 1948 (USA)
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In the Post-War Berlin, an American private helps a lost Czech boy to find his mother.



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Complete credited cast:
Aline MacMahon ...
Jarmila Novotna ...
Mary Patton ...
Ewart G. Morrison ...
William Rogers ...
Ivan Jandl ...
Leopold Borkowski ...
Claude Gambier ...
Raoul Dubois


A silent nine-year-old Czech boy, a survivor of Auschwitz, flees a refugee center in postwar Germany and is found by an American G.I. At the same time, the boy's mother, the sole surviving member of his family, searches refugee centers for her son. Time, distance, and the massive numbers of refugee children are factors hampering the reunion of mother and son. Written by Martin H. Booda <>

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26 March 1948 (USA)  »

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Die Gezeichneten  »

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Montgomery Clift first appears 36 minutes into the movie. See more »


All of Tommy's lines were obviously dubbed. See more »


Jerry Fisher: [holds up picture of sexily-posed woman] What'd he tell you for that?
Karel Malik: The tomato!
Jerry Fisher: [to Steve, who's standing nearby] Ohhhh, brother! You'd better stick to building bridges!
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Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »


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(1927) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played on a radio
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From the sentimental side of WWII
11 March 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Montgomery Clift makes his film debut here, playing an American soldier in postwar Germany who takes in a young Czech boy apparently left orphaned in the wake of the Nazi takeover, unaware the youngster's mother is still alive and is combing all the Location Centers hoping to be reunited with her child. Yes, it's sentimental, but it isn't cloying; the film's tone is balanced with several hard-hitting emotional moments and beautifully eerie black-and-white cinematography (filmed on location in U.S. Occupied Germany). A bit pedantic and overwritten, especially near the climax, but it may be useful as a tentative introduction to young people of this turbulent time in history. Clift, gaunt and somewhat green, is indeed likable and shows fine timing in his scenes with Ivan Jandl, a natural who won a Golden Globe and a Special Oscar for Outstanding Juvenile Performance. The original story also copped a statue.

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