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The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 November 1953 (UK)
In post-WW2 Berlin, when travel to the East was still possible, the sister of a British officer from West-Berlin is abducted by Communist agents and taken into the Soviet-sector where her eventual rescue is arranged by a German smuggler.

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Walter Ebert (based on an original story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Ivo
Claire Bloom ... Susanne
Hildegard Knef ... Bettina (as Hildegarde Neff)
Geoffrey Toone ... Martin
Aribert Wäscher Aribert Wäscher ... Halendar (as Aribert Waescher)
Ernst Schröder Ernst Schröder ... Kastner (as Ernst Schroeder)
Dieter Krause ... Horst
Hilde Sessak ... Lizzi
Karl John ... Inspector Kleiber
Ljuba Welitsch Ljuba Welitsch ... Salome played and sung by
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Storyline

In post-World War II Berlin, Englishwoman Susanne Mallison travels from London to Berlin in order to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military man who married a German woman named Bettina. The naive Susanne snoops on Bettina and suspects she is hiding something from her brother. When Susanne is introduced by Bettina to her mysterious friend Ivo Kern, he offers to show her Berlin and they have a date. But Ivo meets the strange Halendar from East Germany and Susanne takes a cab and returns home alone. Then she dates Ivo again while he meets Olaf Kastner, who is a friend of Martin and Bettina's. Soon Susanne, who has fallen in love with Ivo, learns that he was a former lawyer married to Bettina but with a criminal past during the war. Now he is blackmailed by Halendar to kidnap Kastner and bring him back on the other side of the border. The plan fails and Halender asks his men to abduct Bettina to get Kastner. Susanne, however, is kidnapped by mistake and imprisoned in the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Terror! Vice! Violence! He stopped at nothing!


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Trivia

Some film fans consider this movie as nothing more than a "Third Man" copy. See more »

Goofs

In East Berlin, there are many political posters with the name "Walter Ulbrich," but the East German Communist leader's name was actually spelled "Ulbricht." See more »

Quotes

Susanne Mallison: I'm not rich.
Ivo Kern: Any shelter from life is unattainable wealth.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: BERLIN See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hilde (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Wer soll das bezahlen?
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Kurt Feltz (as Walter Stein)
Music by Jupp Schmitz
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Impeccably acted and atmospheric post-war drama
16 August 2001 | by simon_sparrowSee all my reviews

James Mason gives a tour-de-force performance as a tired clerk who knows not who to trust. Hildegrade Knef is magnificent in a complex supporting role. Carol Reed has directed some great movies and this is among his best. The ending sequence is so poignant, it always brings tears to the eyes.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

2 November 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El otro hombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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