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The Big Lift (1950)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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MSgt. Henry 'Hank' Kowalski
Cornell Borchers ...
Frederica Burkhardt
Bruni Löbel ...
Gerda
O.E. Hasse ...
Stieber
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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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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During the filming, the production got waivers signed by those who were in a shot and thought would be in the finished film, and paid them $500. Some men appeared but were never paid, and some who were paid had their appearances end up on the cutting-room floor. 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

At the end of the movie, the "Hollywood" stars (Clift, Douglas etc.), are not credited, however a panoramic coda does credit the principle military service members who portrayed themselves in the film. It shows them standing at attention in front of a C-54, with their names and ranks scrolling across. See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles
Sung at the air field by the Air Corps members towards the Navy members
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Scenery outweighs disadvantages
5 March 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

The shooting of the film on location in Germany is what makes the whole film work and memorable. The story in itself is not really that great, but probably it grasps our attention because of the surroundings: the ruins, the gloomy statues and the simple and down-to-earth life of the common people. Had it been a Hollywood stage production, there wouldn't have been much to it, but once the movie enters Berlin it gets to another level. The same goes for the acting. Acting among the local population with only two brought-in American actors in the cast ( the main characters ) must have been an inspiration.


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