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The White Tower (1950)

 -  Adventure  -  24 June 1950 (USA)
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Six people come together in the Swiss Alps to climb a mountain, known as 'The White Tower,' which has never been climbed. While struggling together to conquer the obstacle, each climber shows his true worth, or lack of.

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Carla Alton (as Valli)
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The White Tower, a Matterhorn-like mountain in the Swiss Alps, has never been climbed. Carla Alten's father, a famous mountaineer, died in a long-ago attempt. Now, Carla, determined to fulfill her father's dream, has assembled an unusual climbing party to tackle the nearly-impossible ascent. Written by hypercritical

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Every gasping thrill in color by Technicolor!

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24 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hölle am weißen Turm  »

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When scaling the last bit of the peak near the end, it's obvious that studio lights were being used as there are multiple shadows of Glenn Ford going in multiple directions. See more »

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Mr. Hein: [Admonishing his fellow climbers for resting too frequently] To rest is not to conquer.
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A peak presentation even in black & white
23 March 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

While watching this on TV as a black and white version I began to wonder the unusually heavy looking make-up on the faces of the actors. Well, now I am wiser to know that this was originally a Technicolor film and therefore required heavier make-ups. Simple.

But I only wish I'd seen the color version because of the breathtaking scenery. I still enjoyed the film very much, though. Excellent cast and fine camera work. The outdoor scenery and a little clumsier parts made in studio blended together rather nicely, anyway.

The cast includes no big name stars but you won't miss any either. Valli and the boys deliver their roles as believable and interesting characters without fuss or glamor. Their appearances are very earthy just like the surroundings and it gives good contrast to the story which seems to develop slowly at first, but reaches very dramatic and symbolic levels towards the end. These symbolic levels are also treated so that it doesn't start to bury the story too much. You can take this simply as a romantic adventure drama with a few surprises, if you like. This romantic piece sure has a heart but also brains and it uses them well.


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