The White Tower (1950)

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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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Cast overview:
Carla Alton (as Valli)
Paul Delambre
Oskar Homolka ...
Andreas (as Oscar Homolka)
Dr. Nicholas Radcliffe (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Mr. Hein
June Clayworth ...
Mme. Astrid Delambre
Lotte Stein ...
Frau Andreas


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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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Mr. Hein: [Admonishing his fellow climbers for resting too frequently] To rest is not to conquer.
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My brief review of the film
15 May 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Beautiful scenery and intensely colourful Technicolor sets and costumes highlight this mildly interesting mountain-climbing production. The performances feel rather restrained, with none of the actors really fleshing out their characters, and there is a dead-on typical romance to weigh the whole thing even further down. The film can be positively credited however for its attempts to show the motivations behind mountain climbers, although it is still a bit dull either way. The final few scenes are great though: very suspenseful and rather intense, but in the middle section the film tends to sink, amidst a few other minor problems. But those to whom the material appeals will probably get a kick out of it either way, and it certainly is a delight on the visual scope.

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