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36 Hours (1964)

Approved  |   |  Thriller, War  |  19 February 1965 (USA)
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Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

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Werner Peters ...
Otto Schack
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Ernst
Russell Thorson ...
Gen. Allison
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Col. Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Lt. Col. Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert ...
Capt. Abbott
Sig Ruman ...
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Elsa
Karl Held ...
Cpl. Kenter
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Kraatz
Marjorie Bennett ...
Charwoman
Henry Rowland ...
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In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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normandy | d day | nazi | lie | deception | See All (37) »

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The Wildest Spy Adventure A Man Ever Lived!

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Thriller | War

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Thirty Six Hours  »

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James Doohan:  The soon-to-be "Montgomery Scott" of Star Trek is uncredited as a British orderly in the opening scenes. Doohan served in Canadian forces during the Normandy Invasion (which the film is about) where he lost part of a finger. See also trivia for Star Trek (1966). See more »

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The phony newspaper which Pike is given on arrival in hospital, has a front page item about the UN. Although the United Nations first opened in 1945, the name comes from January 1942, when Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation outlining the basic set-up and goals for such an organization. This is all that the Nazis would have needed to make this phony report. See more »

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Maj. Walter Gerber: I think deep down you wanted to be caught.
Anna Hedler, Nurse: Why?
Maj. Walter Gerber: Guilt cries out for punishment - punishment as a specific cure for a feverish conscience.
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March: News of the Day
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Music by John Rochetti
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Thanks for the memory?
28 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This B&W movie "36 Hours" is now being repeated on digital TV quite regularly, and I never tire of watching it. The WW II storyline, written by Roald Dahl & Carl Hittleman, is an odd one. It has to be one of the most implausible, yet somehow believable tales ever to be thought up.

A US "hospital" run by Nazi Intelligence has been set up in Germany to enable secrets to be winkled out from it's "patients" (i.e. prisoners). The gimmick is that the inmates are led to believe that the war has been over for a number of years in favour of the Allies.

The new arrival a certain Maj. Jefferson Pike (James Garner) is an Overlorder (i.e. someone who is "au fait" with the plans of the forthcoming Normandy landings). After being kidnapped in Lisbon he is brought unconscious to the hospital and given necessary ageing treatment. On regaining consciousness he is told that he is suffering from amnesia, and has been a hospital patient for years, but he must now start remembering.

A disguised Wehrmacht psychiatrist Maj. Walter Gerber (an American born German, but a good guy at heart) (Rod Taylor) is given the task of unlocking the valuable knowledge. If he fails, he and his hospital are for the chop. (And the Allies will succeed in their invasion etc. etc.) Anna Hedler, his nurse, and supposedly Pike's wife, is an ex-concentration camp internee (Eve Marie Saint) who will do anything not to be sent back. End of stage one, but will the secrets come out in stage two?...watch the movie to find out.

"36 Hours", ably directed by George Seaton, is an intriguing movie that holds the attention right to the last. It's an intelligent script, complemented by intelligent acting, with suspenseful music holding it all together. Not exactly a classic, but I certainly think it will last the test of time (and on reflection...I suppose it already has done). Personally I love it.


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