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The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 2 November 1953 (UK)
In post-World War II Berlin, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne ... See full summary »

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Ivo Kern
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Susanne Mallison
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Bettina Mallison (as Hildegarde Neff)
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Martin Mallison
Aribert Wäscher ...
Halendar (as Aribert Waescher)
Ernst Schröder ...
Olaf Kastner (as Ernst Schroeder)
Dieter Krause ...
Horst
Hilde Sessak ...
Lizzi
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Inspector Kleiber
Ljuba Welitsch ...
Opera singer: Salome
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Storyline

In post-World War II Berlin, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne snoops on Bettina and suspects she is hiding a something from her brother. When Susanne meets Bettina with her friend Ivo Kern, he offers to show Berlin to her and they date. But Ivo meets the strange Halendar from the East Germany and Susanne takes a cab and return to her home alone. Then she dates Ivo again and he meets Olaf Kastner, who is a friend of Martin and Bettina. But soon Susanne, who has fallen in love with Ivo, learns that he was a former attorney married to Bettina but with a criminal past during the war. Now he is blackmailed by Halendar to kidnap Kastner and bring him back to the other side of the border. The plan fails and Halender asks his men to abduct Bettina to get Kastner. However, Susanne is kidnapped by mistake and is imprisoned in the basement of a house in East Berlin. Now Ivo... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

James Mason commenting on the film in 1974: "(on "The Man Between") This film became very big on television in the U.S. In the cinema one demands of a thriller that the narrative thread be ever taut. The American televiewer makes no such demands since continuity is destined to be shattered by commercial interruption. Thus it often happens that what has been hitherto regarded as a failure in the cinemas will be a hit on the Late Late Show and vice versa." See more »

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In East Berlin, there are many political posters with the name "Walter Ulbrich," but the East German Communist leader's name was actually spelled "Ulbricht." See more »

Quotes

Ivo Kern: The Germans always had to learn languages - the army never knew where it would be going next.
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Referenced in Peter von Bagh (2016) See more »

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Wer soll das bezahlen?
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Lyrics by Kurt Feltz (as Walter Stein)
Music by Jupp Schmitz
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Impeccably acted and atmospheric post-war drama
16 August 2001 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

James Mason gives a tour-de-force performance as a tired clerk who knows not who to trust. Hildegrade Knef is magnificent in a complex supporting role. Carol Reed has directed some great movies and this is among his best. The ending sequence is so poignant, it always brings tears to the eyes.


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