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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Sam Chandler
Erwin Kalser Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Klauber
Kurt Katch ... Herr Blecher
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Storyline

Anti-Fascist German engineer Kurt Muller, with his American-born wife, Sara, and their three children, returns to the United States in 1940 after spending 17 years in Europe, where Kurt has engaged in underground resistance to the rising Nazi threat. Unscrupulous Romanian count Teck de Brancovis, a houseguest of Sara's family in Washington, D.C., discovers Kurt's secret and threatens to expose his activities to his contacts at the German embassy. Written by Jwelch5742

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FROM NEW YORK'S MOST THRILLING SUCCESS IN YEARS! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas- October 31, 1943 -all caps) See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Producer Hal B. Wallis originally wanted Charles Boyer for the male lead before deciding that Boyer's French accent would prove counter-productive. Instead, he went with Paul Lukas who had originated the role on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

When David and Marthe are first seen in the rowboat, the boat is dangerously low in the water, only about 1½ inches above the water line. In the next shot, form a different angle, the boat is almost a foot above the water line. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Muller: I do not tell you this story to prove that we are remarkable, but to prove that they are not.
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Connections

Referenced in Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed (2012) 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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An excellent movie
23 November 2001 | by homer_simpson91See all my reviews

It may (or may not) be considered interesting that the only reason I really checked out this movie in the first place was because I wanted to see the performance of the man who beat out Humphrey Bogart in his CASABLANCA (10/10 role for the Best Actor Oscar. (I still would have given the Oscar to Bogie, but Paul Lukas did do a great job and deserved the nomination, at least.) Well, I'm glad I did check this movie out, because I enjoyed it immensely. I think the movie did preach a little, but not only did I not mind, I enjoyed the speeches and was never bored with them.

The acting was outstanding in this movie. I especially enjoyed Paul Lukas, Lucile Watson (rightfully nominated for an Oscar), Bette Davis (wrongfully not nominated), George Coulouris and, oddly, Eric Roberts, who plays the middle child. I really enjoyed his character: an odd-looking boy who talks like some sort of philosopher. He just cracks me up. Even the characters name (Bodo) is funny.

The ending, in which Lukas's character was forced to do something he considered wrong even though he was doing it for all the right reasons, worked for me as well. I agreed with why he felt he had to what he did, and I understood why he couldn't quite explain it. The message this movie makes is a good and noble one, the scenery (meaning the house) is beautiful, and the acting is the excellent. Watch this movie if you ever get a chance.

9/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 August 1943 (USA) See more »

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Watch on the Rhine See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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