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The Red Danube (1949)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | War  -  14 October 1949 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar
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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 ...
Mickey Mouse
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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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$1,961,000 (estimated)
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In early 1947, Irene Dunne, Spencer Tracy and Robert Taylor were set to star. See more »

Quotes

Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: [to Brigadier Catlock, after refusing to return any more displaced Russian citizens back to the Soviet Union] One of our reasons for fighting this war was to liberate people from tyranny.
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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung briefly by Walter Pidgeon
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It's a good book too.
27 July 2004 | by (seattle WA US) – See all my reviews

I had read the novel first, Vespers in Vienna, which was delightful as well as sad. The other comments miss the point completely--the focus in the novel was not Cold War propaganda but the facts of the insane policies of the US and British in their respective zones of occupation in Germany and Austria to forcibly remove or return Eastern Europeans, not just Soviet citizens, even including ethnic Germans, most of whom had endured untold horrors trying to escape to the west, safety, and 'freedom' at the end of the war. That was the bemused Walter Pigeon's problem, not 'war guilt' but having to 'obey orders.' The fact that this forceful expulsion was done because the Allies a. did not want to feed and care for refugees, and b. did want to curry favor with the Soviets at that pre-Berlin Blockade period makes the history even more poignant. Most expellees were anti-Soviet, which is why they had escaped to the west to begin with, and thus went back to a certain death. It wasn't a small part of history--it was one of the biggest Allied mistakes and betrayals, and there were many, of the Occupation. Angela Lansbury is terrific and got the character just right.


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