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Four in a Jeep (1951)

Die Vier im Jeep (original title)
In post-war Vienna, occupied by the Allies, four sergeants representing each of the occupying nations (USA, England, France, Soviet Union)patrol in the same Jeep. One day they are given the... See full summary »

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Franziska Idinger
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Sergeant William Long
Yossi Yadin ...
Sergeant Vassilij Voroshenko (as Yoseph Yodin)
Michael Medwin ...
Sergeant Harry Stuart
Albert Dinan ...
Sergeant Marcel Pasture
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Germaine Pasture
Harry Hess ...
Captain R. Hammon
Eduard Loibner ...
Hackl - Apartment Manager
Hans Putz ...
Karl Idinger
Geraldine Katt ...
Steffi, Harry's Girlfriend
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In post-war Vienna, occupied by the Allies, four sergeants representing each of the occupying nations (USA, England, France, Soviet Union)patrol in the same Jeep. One day they are given the mission to capture and arrest a prisoner who has run away from a Soviet war prisoner camp. But when they learn the truth about Karl, the runaway, and Franziska, his wife, they decide to help him instead. The trouble is that the Soviet sergeant is held on a short leash by his superiors. He has strict orders not to let the fugitive slip away and he comes into conflict with his fellow military policemen. In these conditions, Will Karl and Franziska be reunited and live free again? Written by Guy Bellinger

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30 March 1951 (Switzerland)  »

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CHF 2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Soviet Union authorities, who felt insulted by the way the USSR is depicted in the story, protested against the projection of the film in April 1951. See more »

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The Title Is Almost The Same....
24 August 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

... But this is NOT "Four Jills In A Jeep". That was a musical comedy and this one is a post-WWII melodrama set in Vienna in the years just after the war. Like Berlin, Vienna was divided into fourths; American, French, Russian and British. The picture captures the tension between the four powers as well as the desperation of the Viennese, trying to get on with their lives and serve four masters at the same time.

There are some heartbreaking scenes at the train station as relatives wait for their returning sons and husbands, recently released POWs - some are waiting in vain but don't know it until the train arrives. There are also stark scenes of wrecked and ruined buildings that were bombed during the war, but are nevertheless occupied by hard-up tenants.

In the midst of this destruction Viveca Lindfors waits for her husband, uncertain whether he will be released. American MP Ralph Meeker takes an interest in her predicament, but mostly in her. Meeker is the nominal star but the acting honors go to Ms. Lindfors, who acts circles around Meeker, who was in only his second picture. All other actors are very competent but are no-names.

This is an excellent movie and holds interest throughout. Like "Decision Before Dawn" which came out the same year, there is an aura of realism about it which war pictures made during the war did not duplicate, and gives it a little more bite. My copy was poorly done, with uneven clarity and a sometimes garbled soundtrack. The website says it is coming out on DVD in Oct.'10. It is worth whatever it costs as it is a cut above many pictures, war or otherwise.


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