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The Red Danube (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 October 1949 (USA)
Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate ... See full summary »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Gina Kaus (screenplay), Arthur Wimperis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar
Ethel Barrymore ... Mother Superior ('Mother Auxilia')
Peter Lawford ... Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister
Angela Lansbury ... Audrey Quail
Janet Leigh ... Olga Alexandrova / Maria Buhlen
Louis Calhern ... Colonel Piniev
Francis L. Sullivan ... Colonel Humphrey 'Blinker' Omicron
Melville Cooper ... Private David Moonlight
Robert Coote ... Brigadier C.M.V. Catlock
Alan Napier ... The General
Roman Toporow Roman Toporow ... 2nd Lt. Maxim Omansky
Kasia Orzazewski Kasia Orzazewski ... Sister Kasmira
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Helena Nagard
Konstantin Shayne ... Professor Serge Bruloff
Janine Perreau ... Mickey Mouse
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Storyline

Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate citizens of the Soviet Union, many of whom prefer not to return to their home country. Billeted in the convent run by Mother Auxilia, Nicobar, and his military aides Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister and Audrey Quail, become involved in the plight of a young ballerina who is trying to avoid being returned to Moscow. Nicobar's sense of duty is tested as he sees first hand the plight of the people he is helping return to the Soviet Union; his lack of religious faith is also shaken by his contact with the Mother Superior. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Beautiful Maria...the four lives that touched hers were never the same again!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of Maria Buhlen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,961,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In early 1947, Irene Dunne, Spencer Tracy Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse were set to star. See more »

Goofs

Melville Cooper's role is credited as "Private David Moonlight" but his uniform bears Sergeant's stripes throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar: You know Twingo, sometimes I don't think we deserved to win this war.
Major John 'Twingo' McPhimister: Well, we can always lose the next one.
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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the tavern in Rome when Audrey and Twingo say goodbye
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A better film than 6.1
13 October 2013 | by noriseSee all my reviews

Possibly people who were not here at the beginning of the Cold War have difficulty appreciating this film. The film deserves at least an 8 for its skillful grappling with the issues which were to consume us for over forty years. The direction and script are tightly spun and intelligent; two characteristics which many later Cold War film lack. The Russian general is perhaps more caricatured than real, but this flaw is more than compensated for with sterling performances by Ethyl Barrymore and Walter Pigeon. It's also a great Christmas movie with the beautiful subplot of the little girl working the black market to survive. I wish the script were a little less rough on Angela Lansberry's character, but she somehow was able to pull it off. A good show. Recommended to be seen with "The Third Man"


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