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Decision Before Dawn (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 25 February 1952 (Norway)
As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Devlin
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Cpl. Karl Maurer aka Happy
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Hilde (as Hildegarde Neff)
Dominique Blanchar ...
Monique
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Col. Oberst von Ecker
Wilfried Seyferth ...
Heinz Scholtz - SS Man (as Wilfried Seyfert)
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Sgt. Rudolf Barth aka Tiger
Helene Thimig ...
Fräulein Paula Schneider
Robert Freitag ...
Sgt. Paul Richter (as Robert Freytag)
George Tyne ...
Sgt. Griffin
C.A. Amos ...
Himself (as C.A. Amos 1st Lt. USAF)
Harold Benedict ...
Lt. Pete Gevers
H.W. Briggs ...
Himself (as H.W. Briggs Sgt. USA)
D.G. Devine ...
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Storyline

WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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A woman's kiss . . . A lighted cigarette - Each had Its meaning! An exciting and realistic story of war . . . of German Prisoners Sent Back Behind Their Own Lines as Agents of the Allies!

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Drama | War

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25 February 1952 (Norway)  »

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Trivia

Oskar Werner and Richard Basehart did most of their own stunt work, including jumping in and swimming the fast currents of the Rhine River on location in Germany. See more »

Goofs

When Karl Maurer "Happy" is stopped at the river bridge checkpoint, says he "lost" his papers, and then makes a run for it, the action was supposed to be taking place in Mannheim. However, one of the building through which he is being chased is the former Bavarian War Museum in Munich, several hundred kilometers away from Mannheim. See more »

Quotes

Lt Pete Gevers: And what are your political convictions?
Sgt. Rudolf Barth aka Tiger: My political convictions? I've never been able to afford any.
Col. Devlin: Then why do you want to work for us?
Sgt. Rudolf Barth aka Tiger: Because you are winning the war. Isn't that a good enough reason?
Col. Devlin: Well, good or bad, I suppose it's a valid one.
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Soundtracks

Ach, wie ist' möglich dann (Treue Liebe)
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Written by Friedrich Kücken (1827)
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22 January 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Probably the most realistic WW II war movies made. Most of the extras are real German POWs, all german actors were ex German soldiers. The uniforms, helmets, weapons etc. are authentic and accurate. The film was filmed in post war Germany, the bombed out street scenes are the real thing! The film is even somewhat sympathetic towards Germans which could not have been popular that soon after war.


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