49th Parallel ()

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A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA.

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Philip Armstrong Scott
Andy Brock
Johnnie - The Trapper
Lieutenant Ernst Hirth
The Factor
Raymond Lovell ...
Lieutenant Kuhnecke
John Chandos ...
Basil Appleby ...
Eric Clavering ...
Charles Victor ...
Ley On ...
Nick - the Eskimo
Richard George ...
Kommandant Bernsdorff
Peter Moore ...
Frederick Piper ...
Tawera Moana ...
George - the Indian
Charles Rolfe ...
O.W. Fonger ...
A United States Customs Officer
Theodore Salt ...
A United States Customs Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna (replaced by Glynis Johns) (scenesDeleted)
George Alexander ...
Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
RCMP Mountie in Alberta (uncredited) (voice)
Eric Berry ...
Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Gron Davies ...
Officer on Submarine (uncredited)
Leslie Falardeau ...
Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
Lionel Grose ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jack Hynes ...
Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
Stuart Latham ...
Second Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Norman Luxton ...
Man in Fringed Jacket on Balcony at Banff Indian Day (uncredited)
Vincent Massey ...
Prologue Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Percy Parsons ...
Hi-Jacked Canadian Motorist (uncredited)
Gerry Wilmot ...
Canadian Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Powell

Written by

Emeric Pressburger ... (original story and screenplay)
Rodney Ackland ... (scenario) and
Emeric Pressburger ... (scenario)

Produced by

Michael Powell ... producer
George H. Brown ... associate producer (uncredited)
Roland Gillett ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Cinematography by

Freddie Young ... director of photography (as Frederick Young)

Film Editing by

David Lean

Editorial Department

Hugh Stewart ... associate editor

Art Direction by

David Rawnsley

Makeup Department

George Blackler ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Harold Boxall ... in charge of production
George H. Brown ... associate in charge of production (as George Brown)
Roland Gillett ... associate in charge of production
John Sutro ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Arthur Seabourne ... associate director (as A. Seabourne)

Art Department

Frederick Pusey ... associate art director
Sydney Streeter ... associate art director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Peter Cushing ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Walter Darling ... sound recorder
C.C. Stevens ... sound recorder
A.W. Watkins ... sound supervisor
Dex Harrison ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Osmond Borradaile ... photography: special backgrounds (as Osmond Borrowdaile)
Henty Henty-Creer ... cameraman
Skeets Kelly ... cameraman
Jim Body ... clapper boy (uncredited)
Fred Daniels ... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)
Leslie Falardeau ... camera grip (uncredited)
Jack Hynes ... still photographer (uncredited)
David Mason ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Oscar Paulin ... camera grip (uncredited)

Music Department

Muir Mathieson ... musical director
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)
Phyllis Sellick ... musician: piano, Philip Armstrong Scott segment, on radio (uncredited)

Other crew

Nugent M. Clougher ... advisor: Canada
Abraham Bloomfield ... interpreter: Eskimo (uncredited)
Betty Curtis ... continuity (uncredited) / production secretary (uncredited)
Captain Halfyard ... master of "The Continent" (uncredited)
Bill Paton ... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited) / double: Leslie Howard, Lake O'Hara (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

In the early years of World War II, a German U-boat (U-37) sinks Allied shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and then tries to evade Canadian Military Forces seeking to destroy it by sailing up to Hudson Bay. The U-boat's Fanatical Nazi captain sends some members of his crew to look for food and other supplies at a Hudson Bay Company outpost. No sooner than the shore party (lead by Lieutenant Hirth) reaches the shore, the U-boat is spotted and sunk by the Canadian Armed Forces leaving the six members of the shore party stranded in Canada. The Nazi Lieutenant then starts to plan his crews' return to the Fatherland. He needs to reach the neutral United States or be captured. Along the way they meet a variety of characters each with their own views on the war and nationalism. In this film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger show their ideas of why the United States should join the Allied fight against the Nazis. Written by Steve Crook

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Taglines THE MIGHTEST MANHUNT THAT EVER SWEPT THE SCREEN! (original poster-all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Forty-Ninth Parallel (United Kingdom)
  • The 49th Parallel (World-wide, English title)
  • The Forty-Ninth Parallel (World-wide, English title)
  • The Invaders (United States)
  • Le 49ème parallèle (France)
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  • 123 min
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Budget GBP132,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Although this film was nominated for three Academy awards, the title "49th Parallel" is nowhere to be found in Academy records. That's because it was released in the US as "The Invaders", which is how the Academy has it listed. See more »
Goofs When the bombers destroy the submarine they are Lockheed Hudsons when they are approaching to make the attack but when the attack commences they have changed into Douglas B-18 Bolos. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? A History of Canadian Movies 1939-1953 (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Alouette See more »
Crazy Credits (Spoken introduction) "I see a long straight line athwart a continent. No chain of forts, or deep flowing river, or mountain range, but a line drawn by men upon a map nearly a century ago, accepted by a handshake and kept ever since. A boundary which divides two nations yet marks their friendly meeting grounds, the 49th parallel, the longest undefended frontier in the world." See more »
Quotes Andy Brock: The government says, "We want men to fight the Nazis, join today." So I joined. I figured they were in a hurry. That was three hundred and eighty seven days ago. Four divisions and a lot of drafts have gone overseas, and what's number B987642 doing? Guarding the Chippewa Canal. Who'd want to steal it anyway?
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