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Watch on the Rhine (1943)

Approved | | Drama | 27 August 1943 (USA)
A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit her family but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sara Muller
... Kurt Muller
... Marthe de Brancovis
... Fanny Farrelly
... Anise
... Teck de Brancovis
... David Farrelly
... Phili Von Ramme
... Bodo
... Joshua
... Italian Man
... Young Man
Clyde Fillmore ... Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Klauber
... Herr Blecher
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A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit her family but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count.

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On her lonesome lips a smile.

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Drama

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Die Wacht am Rhein  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pre-production on the film had to be halted whilst writer Dashiell Hammett recovered from a bad back. By the time he was able to resume work some months later, the production of Now, Voyager (1942) had concluded and Bette Davis was now available. See more »

Goofs

At 43:31, Sara's hand on David's arm changes position. See more »

Quotes

Fanny Farrelly: Because it's Anise's birthday, I shall go and buy presents for everybody. We always do that here. It started because I don't like not getting presents on other people's birthday.
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Connections

Referenced in The Doughgirls (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

America, My Country 'Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey ("God Save the King!") (1744)
Played often in the score
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Boring
30 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

So tedious... what a shame. An important subject, great actors but... it's painful waiting for something to happen. I love Dashiell Hammett too, but his fine hand is not perceived in this movie. The first hour of this film is comprised mostly of incessant small talk, stilted dialog and self-important strains of "America (My Country Tis of Thee)". Finally the action is set in motion one hour into the film. At that point it becomes compelling for about 15 minutes, then lapses into preachy monologues.

Despite the significance of the topic (Nazi resistance) especially in 1943 when the film was released, its mawkish sentimentality does not render this a robust examination of the theme in 2012. There is another film, released the year before, on this subject that we've all seen a few times at least... better to view that classic again than spend two vexing hours on this one.


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