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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

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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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Case of Maria Buhlen  »

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$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: 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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Soundtracks

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by those in the car and the plane
Also sung by a chorus at the end
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The director, George Sydney, and his tech crew were geniuses.
6 July 2006 | by (Glendale, California) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie very much; it resonated clearly. I grew up during the 2nd WW, and the aftermath was often a mystery; this relates to that time vis-a-vis Russia and her ex-patriots. This is not a formula movie; we care about the main characters and it really reaches to the heart. The points the script made about our choices in life were well made, and the reference to religion was fair. I'm going to use the metaphoric model of the painter, paint, ladder and ceiling in my own work. The actors were wonderful, and the camera work was exceptional at getting to the feelings that shine through the face. The lighting was part of that effect. I knew something was up when I saw the close-ups with artistic lighting, but I didn't know how strongly they would tie to later scenes and evoke emotions. This added to our caring about the sweet innocent Janet Leigh, and the young, idealistic Peter Lawford. I didn't agree with all the philosophy, but it certainly was mostly a tribute to listening to the conscience.


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