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The Searching Wind (1946)

Approved | | Drama, War | 9 August 1946 (USA)
Always the diplomat, Alex Hazen is slow to take sides in Europe of the 1920s and 1930s. Cassie Bowwman wants him to be more decisive and leaves him in Rome just as Mussolini is coming to ... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (play), Lillian Hellman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Young ... Alex Hazen
Sylvia Sidney ... Cassie Bowwman
Ann Richards ... Emily Taney Hazen
Dudley Digges ... Moses
Douglas Dick ... Sam Hazen
Albert Bassermann ... Count von Stammer
Dan Seymour ... Torrone
Ian Wolfe ... Sears, the Butler
Marietta Canty ... Sophronia, the Maid
Norma Varden ... Mrs. Hayworth
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Carter
Don Castle ... David
William Trenk William Trenk ... Ponette
Mickey Kuhn ... Sam as a Boy
Ann Carter ... Sarah Hazen
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Always the diplomat, Alex Hazen is slow to take sides in Europe of the 1920s and 1930s. Cassie Bowwman wants him to be more decisive and leaves him in Rome just as Mussolini is coming to power. There Alex marries Emily, daughter of a newspaper publisher who hires Cassie for his Paris bureau -- just before retiring from active management of his paper. Alex and Emily's son Sam, recently returned from active duty in World War II, learns the whole story one night in Washington when Emily invites Cassie to dinner. Sam has a story to tell, too. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Esperança não Morre See more »

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Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Seattle 27 February 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), followed by Omaha 1 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Asheville 24 May 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Grand Rapids 27 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Milwaukee 6 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Pittsburgh 21 November 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), and by Indianapolis 3 December 1960 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »

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A diplomat's dilemma, caught between conscience issues and reality necessities, and between two women
28 January 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is an extremely fascinating discussion of vital issues of conscience and demands of reality. Robert Young as a trusted diplomat is faced with a reality he cannot handle as everything in it goes against him, but he cannot do anything about it. He marries the wrong wife while he continues to love the girl he never can get, who handles reality more straightly as a journalist seeing and writing the truth. Difficult issues of journalism also enter the discussion, as the diplomat's father-in-law (Dudley Digges, the best character in the context) runs the paper she is working for - and abandons it at the rise of fascism in Europe, refusing to take any further responsibility for reality.

Also the form of the film is a fascinating composition, starting at present time (1946) as all the protagonists gather for the first time in many years to enter a serious discussion none of them really desires, which brings them back to another day when they all were together in Rome as Mussolini took over power... and then comes an hour of flashbacks through all the traumatic convulsions of Europe between the two world wars, from the rise of German Nazism to the Spanish civil war and the controversial peace treaty of Munich.

I loved this film all through from the first moment to the last, the dialogue is replenished with intensive importance all the way, the characters couldn't have been acted better, there is no flaw anywhere, it flows organically on like taken directly out of reality, it's intelligent and important and well up to the same level as William Dieterle's other excellent films at the time. And through it all flows also Victor Young's gorgeous music, to make it even better...


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