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Alois Podhajsky (book)
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Release Date:
29 March 1963 (USA) See more »
The day a war stood still!
In 1945 the fate of Vienna's famous Lipizzaner stallions hangs into balance.American general Patton could save them but first he asks to see them perform. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Robert Taylor ... Col. Podhajsky

Lilli Palmer ... Vedena Podhajsky

Curd Jürgens ... Gen. Tellheim (as Curt Jurgens)

Eddie Albert ... Rider Otto

James Franciscus ... Maj. Hoffman
John Larch ... General George S. Patton, Jr.

Brigitte Horney ... Countess Arco-Valley

Philip Abbott ... Col. Reed
Charles Regnier ... Gen. Stryker
Erik Schumann ... Capt. Ranhoff

Douglas Fowley ... Lt. General Walton H. Walker
Philo Hauser ... Dispatcher
Max Haufler ... Engineer
Michael Janisch ... Refugee Leader
Fritz Wepper ... Rider Hans
Helmut Janatsch ... Intruder
Günther Haenel ... Groom Sascha
Hugo Lindinger
Larry Billman
Peter Jost ... Kreisleiter
Fritz Eckhardt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Dietl ... German MP Captain (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Southern GI (uncredited)
Margarethe Dux ... Woman Railroad Official (uncredited)
Hal Galili ... Brooklyn GI (uncredited)
Harry Hornisch ... First Rider (uncredited)
Kurt Jager ... Rider (uncredited)
Josef Krastel ... Att. Carl (uncredited)
Herbert Prikopa ... Orderly Tellheim (uncredited)
Michael Tellering ... Stryker's Adjutant (uncredited)
Olaf Tschierschke ... Rider (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
AJ Carothers  writer
Alois Podhajsky  book "The Dancing White Horses of Vienna"

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Peter V. Herald .... associate producer
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith 
Cinematography by
Günther Anders 
Film Editing by
Alfred Srp 
Cotton Warburton 
Production Design by
Isabella Schlichting 
Werner Schlichting 
Costume Design by
Leo Bei 
Makeup Department
Leopold Kuhnert .... makeup artist
Rudolf Ohlschmidt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Russ .... production manager
Walter Tjaden .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laci von Ronay .... assistant director (as Laci Ronay)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound
Kurt Schwarz .... sound (as Kurt Schwartz)
Special Effects by
Paul Waldherr .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Pochlatko .... photographer: second unit
Music Department
Franklyn Marks .... orchestrator
Other crew
Gusti Brunjes-Goldschwendt .... script supervisor
Kent McPherron .... dialogue coach

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Additional Details

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93 min | 118 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

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General Patton wrote that a cavalry leader "must have a passion-not simply a liking-for horses.See more »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Preserving a national treasure, 12 September 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Miracle of the White Stallions is a story set in the final days of World War II in Europe. Robert Taylor plays an Austrian Colonel in the German army. Back in his civilian days he was the head of the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna which featured the famous Lippazaner breed of specially trained horses. The school had been operating in Vienna for four hundred years and its future in doubt with both the American and Russian armies closing in and the Lippazaner mares over in Czechoslovakia.

The performances of these horses had entertained Viennese natives and visitors for generations and they were and are considered a national treasure. The film concerns Robert Taylor's efforts to save the horses aided of course by Lilli Palmer playing his wife.

The criticism of this film is that Taylor's performance is too wooden. But I think the point is missed that he was a single minded man on a mission and apparently flunked out of diplomacy school. Fortunately he's married to Lilli Palmer who smooths a lot of rough edges out during the film. I think that's what was intended in this script.

As the German surrender and Taylor fortunately falls into the hands of the Americans instead of the Russians, he manages to interest an American major played by James Franciscus in his quest. Who then in turn interests the theater commander who is George S. Patton.

As we learned in the movie Patton, George was an old horse cavalry man and even rode in the 1912 Olympics for the United States. Good thing he was in charge instead of Montgomery. Patton is nicely played by character actor John Larch.

Others in the cast of this very nice family film are Eddie Albert as Taylor's aide and Curt Jurgens as a weary German general who helps Taylor in his hour of need.

Nice piece of family entertainment from the Walt Disney studio.

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