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The White Tower (1950)

Approved | | Adventure | 24 June 1950 (USA)
A group of people come together in the Swiss Alps to climb a previously unconquered mountain, revealing their inner selves in the process.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

Paul Jarrico (screenplay), James Ramsey Ullman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Glenn Ford ... Martin Ordway
Alida Valli ... Carla Alton (as Valli)
Claude Rains ... Paul Delambre
Oskar Homolka ... Andreas (as Oscar Homolka)
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Nicholas Radcliffe (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Lloyd Bridges ... Mr. Hein
June Clayworth ... Mme. Astrid Delambre
Lotte Stein ... Frau Andreas
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Storyline

The White Tower, a Matterhorn-like mountain in the Swiss Alps, has never been climbed. Carla Alten's father, a famous mountaineer, died in a long-ago attempt. Now, Carla, determined to fulfill her father's dream, has assembled an unusual climbing party to tackle the nearly-impossible ascent. Written by hypercritical

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Every gasping thrill in color by Technicolor!

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hölle am weißen Turm See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When scaling the last bit of the peak near the end, it's obvious that studio lights were being used as there are multiple shadows going in multiple directions of Glenn Ford. See more »

Quotes

Martin Ordway: Oh, what do we have here?
Paul DeLambre: [holding two bottles] Brandy. One for medicinal purposes, and one for celebration - when we reach the top.
Martin Ordway: What if you don't?
Paul DeLambre: Then for consolation.
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My brief review of the film
15 May 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

Beautiful scenery and intensely colourful Technicolor sets and costumes highlight this mildly interesting mountain-climbing production. The performances feel rather restrained, with none of the actors really fleshing out their characters, and there is a dead-on typical romance to weigh the whole thing even further down. The film can be positively credited however for its attempts to show the motivations behind mountain climbers, although it is still a bit dull either way. The final few scenes are great though: very suspenseful and rather intense, but in the middle section the film tends to sink, amidst a few other minor problems. But those to whom the material appeals will probably get a kick out of it either way, and it certainly is a delight on the visual scope.


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