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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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Storyline

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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 19, 1951 with Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford and Janet Leigh reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Reverend Mother, just... just what are you actually going to say to the Holy Father?
Mother Superior: I'm going to ask his Holiness what to do about the men and women who have all the answers and believe in God but are not official Christians.
Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: Well, in you practical way, I... I hope you are going to get his Holiness to "talk turkey."
Mother Superior: Oh, we'll "talk turkey" all night.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the beginning of the Vienna segment
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A better film than 6.1
13 October 2013 | by (New Braunfels, Texas) – See all my reviews

Possibly people who were not here at the beginning of the Cold War have difficulty appreciating this film. The film deserves at least an 8 for its skillful grappling with the issues which were to consume us for over forty years. The direction and script are tightly spun and intelligent; two characteristics which many later Cold War film lack. The Russian general is perhaps more caricatured than real, but this flaw is more than compensated for with sterling performances by Ethyl Barrymore and Walter Pigeon. It's also a great Christmas movie with the beautiful subplot of the little girl working the black market to survive. I wish the script were a little less rough on Angela Lansberry's character, but she somehow was able to pull it off. A good show. Recommended to be seen with "The Third Man"


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