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
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Lt. Col. Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert ...
Capt. Abbott
Sig Ruman ...
German Guard
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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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The Wildest Spy Adventure A Man Ever Lived!

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19 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Thirty Six Hours  »

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Trivia

The production license required any evidence that Yosemite was ever transformed into Bavaria, or the Wawona Hotel into an Allied Military Hospital had to be totally removed within 24 hours after the "36 Hours" exodus. Compliance with this condition was the only way Producer William Perlberg could get into the National Park area for his picture. 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 »

Quotes

Otto Schack: Do you really believe this scheme of yours will succeed?
Maj. Walter Gerber: I'll stake my reputation on it!
Otto Schack: Oh, you'll stake more than your reputation, doctor, much more!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Stratagem (2004) See more »

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Mairzy Doats
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Music by Jerry Livingston
Lyrics by Milton Drake and Al Hoffman
Sung by a vocal group on the radio
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Great movie
7 December 1998 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies. It makes you anxious wondering when (or if) Maj. Pike is going to see through the Nazi facade or is going to be duped.

Look for an appearance by John Banner ("Hogan's Heroes"'s Sgt. Schultz) and a brief cameo by James Doohan ("Star Trek"'s Scotty).


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