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36 Hours (1964)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 19 February 1965 (USA)
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
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Elsa
Karl Held ...
Cpl. Kenter
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Kraatz
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Charwoman
Henry Rowland ...
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Storyline

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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Thriller | War

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19 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Thirty Six Hours  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The phony 1950 newspapers given to Major Pike depict "President Wallace". Henry Wallace was Vice President of the United States in 1944, when the film actually takes place. He was not slated on the Democratic ticket later that year and was succeeded as Vice President by Harry S. Truman. See more »

Goofs

The radio introduces the song "Mairzy Doats" as an "oldie," a term first applied to songs in the 1959 LP series "Oldies But Goodies", an anthology of 1950s R n R hits that were no longer on the Pop charts. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Jefferson F. Pike: Can't you cry?
Anna Hedler, Nurse: I've used up all my tears!
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Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Forged Steele (1985) See more »

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March: News of the Day
(uncredited)
Music by John Rochetti
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A riveting film that had one surprise after another.
3 June 2004 | by (philadelphia, pa) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite films. Fortunately, we have a video store near us where I can rent old films like this and enjoy the creative story whenever I choose. The main plot of this story, along with the various subplots, held my interest from the beginning. After seeing the film just once, I could recall so many of the details because the film is just THAT GOOD! It is a well-casted film and one that I wish would be shown on TV (I can't recall the last time it was) so that others could become aware of this really suspenseful film. I've rented this movie for my kids and my husband to see because it hasn't been televised and I wanted them to be able to experience the same riveting viewing experience that I've enjoyed so many times.


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