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The Glass Wall (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 31 July 1953 (Finland)
Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Peter Kaban
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Maggie Summers
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Nancy
Douglas Spencer ...
Inspector Bailey
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Tanya aka Bella Zakoyla
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Tom
Elizabeth Slifer ...
Mrs. Hinckley - Landlady
Richard Reeves ...
Eddie Hinckley
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Freddie Zakoyla (as Joseph Turkel)
Else Bäck ...
Mrs. Zakoyla (as Else Neft)
Michael Fox ...
Inspector Toomey / Narrator
Nesdon Booth ...
Monroe - Taxi Driver (as Ned Booth)
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Zelda - Fat Woman
Juney Ellis ...
Girl friend
Jack Teagarden ...
Musician
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Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to legal entry in the United States. It is a race against time for if he can't Tom within 24 hours and prove his case, he will be branded a fugitive and will be permanently disqualified for U.S. citizenship. His quest leads him to befriending Maggie, a down-on-her-luck factory worker whom he rejuvenates through his good faith; a visit to a jazz club where Shorty Rogers and his band and trombonist Jack Teagarden are playing, and an interlude with a good- hearted burlesque dancer, Tanya Zakoyla, takes him to her mother's home for food and rest. The climax comes at dawn in the United Nations building (the "glass wall" of the title) where he goes to plead his case and that of all displaced persons. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE 10-HOUR MANHUNT...that tore New York apart!

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31 July 1953 (Finland)  »

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Die gläserne Mauer  »

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Trivia

In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Jack McCall, Desperado (1953) starring George Montgomery. See more »

Goofs

The lights on the elevator floor indicator show that the elevator in United Nations building seem to travel 36 floors in three to five seconds. That kind of acceleration, speed, and braking would injure any occupants of the elevator; especially the elderly operator. That distance in that period of time would equate to almost sixty miles per hour. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Zakoyla: Don't forget, your dead father was a lousy foreigner!
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References Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950) See more »

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Moderately interesting...
9 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Vittorio Gassman stars as a stowaway on a boat to New York. It seems he's spent years in concentration camps and is desperate to come to America. However, once caught, the authorities decide to deport him--as he WAS a stowaway and he has no resources in the country. However, this poor guy DOES know someone in America--a guy named Tom who could sponsor him and who plays a trumpet on Times Square! With such a vague description, they have no choice but to deport him. However, just before the ship departs, he jumps off and roams the streets of Manhattan looking for Tom. With so many people in the city, what are the odds?! On the way, Vittorio meets up with a pretty young thief, Gloria Graham. It seems she's out of work and desperate. The two eventually team up and try to help each other. Later, after they separate, the man meets some others who aren't that particularly interested in turning him in--almost like Richard Kimble from "The Fugitive".

Overall, it is a good film in that it's so different. However, it's far from a great film--more of an interesting time-passer and not a lot more. The worst part about it is near the end--it just seemed very heavy-handed. The main problem overall is that nothing much particularly happens in the film--as if the plot is only enough for a short film, not a full-length one like this.


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