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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

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On her lonesome lips a smile.

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Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Farrelly (Donald Woods) drives a 1940 4-door Buick convertible; Mrs. Mellie Sewell (Mary Young) is chauffeured in a 1940 Buick town car. See more »

Goofs

When Sara is trying on a white dress, her son Joshua comes to the door. The end of his tie is 2 inches above his belt. As he turns and leaves with his grandmother his tie is now long enough to be tucked into his belt. See more »

Quotes

Sara Muller: [Last Lines] When the time comes. When it comes, I will do my best.
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Connections

Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

America, My Country 'Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey ("God Save the King!") (1744)
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A disappointment
13 January 2009 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This is a movie with a noble heart and fine actors. Unfortunately, it is also a movie with a stiff and leaden script, painfully unnatural and not well directed. It is impossible not to feel for Paul Lukas' character, just as it is impossible not to feel for Paul Heinried's character in Casablanca, made the same year and dealing with similar issues. But whereas the script in Casablanca, one of that movie's many wonders, makes real people of its characters, the script in this movie fails miserably in that respect, as in others.

If you have never seen this movie, watch it. But it could have been so much better with a better script.

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I watched this movie again tonight, 9 years after I wrote my review above. In rereading that, I find the tone is perhaps too harsh, but I do not regret my condemnation of the movie's script. The characters are very noble indeed, but they remain ideological figures rather than human beings. Perhaps the best illustration of that is seen by a comparison of Paul Luckas' Kurt with Victor Lazlo in *Casablanca*. Lazlo, too, is self-sacrificing and noble, but he is allowed to be more human, and therefore more sympathetic, than Luckas' resistance fighter. The latter's final speech is very moving, but he still seems a cold fish.

There are also problems of construction. Martha and David are never really woven into the main story.

Again, the movie is worth watching. It must have been very powerful in 1943, when it was released, and resistance fighters were desperately trying to counter a successful Hitler in Europe. But the characters are too two-dimensional to make this a truly moving film


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