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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.

Directors:

Herman Shumlin, Hal Mohr (uncredited)

Writers:

Dashiell Hammett (screen play), Lillian Hellman (additional scenes and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Sara Muller
Paul Lukas ... Kurt Muller
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Marthe de Brancovis
Lucile Watson ... Fanny Farrelly
Beulah Bondi ... Anise
George Coulouris ... Teck de Brancovis
Donald Woods ... David Farrelly
Henry Daniell ... Phili Von Ramme
Eric Roberts ... Bodo
Donald Buka ... Joshua
Anthony Caruso ... Italian Man
Helmut Dantine ... Young Man
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Klauber
Kurt Katch ... Herr Blecher
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

On her lonesome lips a smile.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wacht am Rhein See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play, "Watch on the Rhine" by Lillian Hellman premiered at the Martin Beck Theater in New York City on 1 April 1941 and closed on 21 February 1942 after 378 performances. Paul Lukas as Kurt Muller, Lucile Watson as Fanny Farrelly, George Coulouris as Teck de Brancovis, Eric Roberts as Bodo Muller and Frank L. Wilson as Joseph all originated their movie roles in the play. Also in the cast were Mady Christians as Sara Muller and Helen Trenholme as Marthe de Brancovis. See more »

Goofs

During the breakfast scene between Beulah Bondi and Lucile Watson, Watson's hair keeps changing between medium and close shots (from behind): It is much flatter in the scenes shot close. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Muller: [in response to an Italian man on the train asking what he does] I fight against fascism. That is my trade.
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Connections

Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Akademische Festouvertüre (Academic Festival Overture) Op. 80
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Excerpt played in the score
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A Heart Touching, Tear Jerking,...A Real Movie
30 June 2007 | by bonitachickia234See all my reviews

Ever since I can remember and I'm only 18 my mother and I have been and continue to watch older movies because well I find them much more rewarding in the long run (but hey don't get me wrong I do love the movies we have today just not as much as I love movies of the 40s and 50s) Anyways, now I have to say the moment I started watching the movie my eyes were glued to the TV. Of course my favorite character was the Grandmother played by Lucile Watson. But I loved the way Betty Davis and her family was portrayed. The children...did not act like children in the slightest. But there is good reason for that, having had to hid and run most of your life, seeing the awful things children saw those days destroyed their innocence. So people saying "oooo i hated how the kids acted...blah blah blah" read between the lines and know they saw things children should not see.

Paul Lukas...dear Paul did an amazing job!!! Now I know many people are mad that he go the Oscar and Bogie didn't but hey they both did amazing jobs so I think it could have gone either way. But Lukas' performance was so amazing that by the end of the movie I was reduced to tears. I loved this movie so much and recommend it to anyone!! :-D


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