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The Red Danube (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 October 1949 (USA)
Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mother Superior ('Mother Auxilia')
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Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister
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Audrey Quail
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Olga Alexandrova / Maria Buhlen
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Colonel Piniev
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Colonel Humphrey 'Blinker' Omicron
Melville Cooper ...
Private David Moonlight
Robert Coote ...
Brigadier C.M.V. Catlock
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The General
Roman Toporow ...
2nd Lt. Maxim Omansky
Kasia Orzazewski ...
Sister Kasmira
Tamara Shayne ...
Helena Nagard
Konstantin Shayne ...
Professor Serge Bruloff
Janine Perreau ...
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Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate citizens of the Soviet Union, many of whom prefer not to return to their home country. Billeted in the convent run by Mother Auxilia, Nicobar, and his military aides Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister and Audrey Quail, become involved in the plight of a young ballerina who is trying to avoid being returned to Moscow. Nicobar's sense of duty is tested as he sees first hand the plight of the people he is helping return to the Soviet Union; his lack of religious faith is also shaken by his contact with the Mother Superior. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Beautiful Maria...the four lives that touched hers were never the same again!

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Drama | Romance | War

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14 October 1949 (USA)  »

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The Case of Maria Buhlen  »

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Budget:

$1,961,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In early 1947, Irene Dunne, Spencer Tracy Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse were set to star. See more »

Quotes

Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: How do you like Vienna, Colonel?
Colonel Piniev: Oh, very much. But I
[laughs]
Colonel Piniev: like home better.
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Ah, yes. So do I.
Colonel Piniev: But... we have job to do here. Right?
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Yes, we're here to help get this country back on its feet.
Colonel Piniev: Both our nations will be making mistakes with each other.
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Yes, but perhaps with a little understanding and self-sacrifice we can learn to work together for the peace of the world.
Colonel Piniev: I ask you to believe that the people of my country are wanting peace as much as yours.
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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the tavern in Rome when Audrey and Twingo say goodbye
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Dark, courageous film proves Leonard Maltin wrong!
26 August 2008 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is Leonard Maltin's assessment of this film: "Meandering drama of ballerina Leigh pursued by Russian agents, aided by amorous Lawford; heavy-handed at times." This is like saying "Titanic" (1997) is "a meandering drama of artist's model Winslet caught between fiancé and a shipboard romance; heavy-handed at times". The man is an idiot. This film is a stylish and courageous exposition of the necessary process of humanization that the Allied armies had to go through in dealing with the refugee problem in Eastern Europe following WWII. The acting is uniformly excellent, even Peter Lawford managing a moment or two to shine among the superlative performances of Walter Pidgeon, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Barrymore, Louis Calhern, Janet Leigh and a handful of others. The music is by Miklos Rozsa who must have found the subject inspirational. The lighting, photography and the director's ability to express human tragedy through human faces are transcendental. This film even has its moments of humour. Not your average war film. Highly recommended.


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