A man plots to get his pregnant wife out of East Berlin by romancing her American lookalike.

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Werner Schiff
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Liese Schiff / Victoria Meinicke
Ilka Windish ...
Jutta Hauptman
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Rudi
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Inge (as Karen Verne)
Henry Hermann-Cattani ...
Mucke (as Henry Cattani)
Pieter Bergema ...
The Announcer
Walter Linden ...
The Engineer
Frank Oberschall ...
Schpeiset
John Bleifer ...
The Old Man
Elsie Baker ...
The Old Woman
Albert Szabo ...
The Waiter
Steve Lander ...
The Vopo
Eric Forst ...
The Doctor
Maria Schroeder ...
The Nurse
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A man plots to get his pregnant wife out of East Berlin by romancing her American lookalike.

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13 May 1965 (USA)  »

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Some bad clichés sure hinder this one!
16 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Back in the days of the so-called 'Iron Curtain', very, very people from Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe were allowed to visit Western countries. The answer was obvious--the people wouldn't come back because of the repressive governments. I mention this because many younger people today might not know their history and understand the context for "The Easter Breach".

It seems that Werner's pregnant wife is in Eastern Germany and he's been able to escape to the West. He loves her and wants to get her out but how?! By chance, he hits upon an insanely clichéd answer when he finds an identical stranger who just happens to look like his wife!! This sort of nonsense isn't unique to this show and turned up occasionally on shows like "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeanie" where they had identical stranger lookalikes (just with dark wigs). Nowhere was the stupid cliché taken further than with "The Patty Duke Show" where Patty played dual roles--both identical cousins!!! So, from the onset this episode of "Kraft Suspense Theatre" has a HUGE strike against it!

Now you must understand that Werner is a scoundrel...and his plan is NASTY! When he meets this identical stranger, he pretends to fall in love with her and even asks her to marry him. The plan is to that this American to visit East Berlin and then steal her passport and give it to his wife! He could have simply explained the situation to the American but doesn't! Later, she learns his plan when she catches him in the act. What's next?

Aside from the bad cliché, the show also sucks because both the German and American women SOUND ALIKE--JUST LIKE Americans!!! Where is the German accent?! Who picked this woman for this role? And, couldn't she at least TRY to sound different?! Overall a dumb show that at least has a good ending.


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