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The Big Lift (1950)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 April 1950 (USA)
Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

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Cast

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Stieber (as O. E. Hasse)
Dante V. Morel ...
Dante V. Morel (as Capt. Dante V. Morel)
John R. Mason ...
John R. Mason (as Capt. John R. Mason)
Gail R. Plush ...
Gail R. Plush (as Capt. Gail R. Plush)
Mack Blevins ...
Mack Blevins (as Capt. Mack Blevins)
William A. Stewart ...
William A. Stewart (as Capt. William A. Stewart)
Alfred L. Freiburger ...
Alfred L. Freiburger (as 1st Lt. Alfred L. Freiburger)
Gerald Arons ...
Gerald Arons (as 1st Lt. Gerald Arons)
James Wilson ...
James Wilson (as 1st Lt. James Wilson)
Richard A. Kellogg ...
Richard A. Kellogg (as 1st Lt. Richard A. Kellogg)
Roy R. Steele ...
Roy R. Steele (as 1st Lt. Roy R. Steele)
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Storyline

In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the Ruins came Hope and Despair

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Drama | War

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26 April 1950 (USA)  »

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Es begann mit einem Kuß  »

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$1,300,000, 31 December 1950
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hildegard Knef was originally cast in the role of Fredericka but her liaison with a high-ranking Nazi officer effectively made her untouchable as any collaborators and fraternizers with the Nazi party were viewed with open hostility. The part went to unknown actress Cornell Borchers instead. See more »

Goofs

The "Russian fighter" that approaches one of the airlift C-54s is actually a US Air Force Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt." See more »

Quotes

Alfred L. Freiburger: [as they march between the honor guard toward the welcome ceremony] Fix your hat.
Sgt. 1st Class Danny MacCullough: I feel just as if you and I were getting married, lieutenant.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This picture was made in occupied Germany. All scenes were photographed in the exact locale associated with the story, including episodes in the American, French, British and Russian sectors of Berlin.

With the exception of Montgomery Clift and Paul Douglas, all military personnel appearing in this film are actual members of the U.S. Armed Forces on duty in Germany. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Woman on the Run (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Played when leaving Honolulu
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Unusual view of bombed Berlin
23 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

To say that a film is dated because it was shot on location in 1950 (which, I suppose, is history for most of us now) is pretty inadequate. If anything makes this film still interesting it is BECAUSE it was shot on location in 1950. As a young German who only knows a wealthy comfortable democratic Germany I find the very setting the most intriguing, as is the case with the more serious "Germania anno Zero" by Rosselini. The film has its values, however, but is, admittedly, more on the entertaining side. Nice to spot later Haimatfilm and TV favourites in a Hollywood production. If you like Berlin and don't mind an "old" look, watch Billy Wilder's "One, Two, Three", shot 10 years later. To me as funny as "Some Like it Hot", and that means VERY funny.


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