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Charles Le Clainche,
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
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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 »
Early in the film, a woman furtively searches Major Pike's rooms. She examines two letters addressed to him. Although the film is set in 1944, stamps on the envelopes are clearly from the U.S. "Liberty series", first issued in 1954: 2-cent Thomas Jefferson and 3-cent Statue of Liberty. See more »
[to Pike and Anna]
Now I take you to my house, and I give you something that smells like coffee but tastes like hell!
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Great interplay between James Garner and Rod Taylor
Really enjoyed this film, an engaging mix of psychological banter with pre-D-Day espionage tension.
The best scenes for me were the dialogues between James Garner and Rod Taylor, they'd make a great film on their own. Garner has that amazing combination of intellect and machismo - he can debate the moral aspect of duty and then knock out a guard just as convincingly
Eva Marie Saint's performance is very strong too as the concentration-camp victim unable to express emotion after the trauma that she has experienced. The power of Roald Dahl's writing comes through here, as she acts as a constant reminder to us of the grim realities of the war in the context of the other charismatic characters.
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