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The Man Between (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 November 1953 (UK)
In post-World War II Berlin, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military man who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne... See full summary »

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 Dieter Krause ... Horst
Hilde Sessak 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, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military man who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne snoops on Bettina and suspects she is hiding a something from her brother. When Susanne meets Bettina with her friend Ivo Kern, he offers to show Berlin to her and they date. But Ivo meets the strange Halendar from the East Germany and Susanne takes a cab and return to her home alone. Then she dates Ivo again and 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 attorney married to Bettina but with a criminal past during the war. Now he is blackmailed by Halendar to kidnap Kastner and bring him back to 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 is imprisoned in the basement of a house in East Berlin. Now ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Terror! Vice! Violence! He stopped at nothing!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Carol Reed always felt that the script for this film wasn't quite right, and was constantly trying to get it rewritten during filming. At one point, he approached Evelyn Waugh to do a rewrite, but Waugh refused, claiming he couldn't understand the story. 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

The Man Between Theme
(uncredited)
Music by John Addison
Arranged for piano by Bernie Fenton
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Odd man out in Berlin.
30 October 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In 1947,James Mason worked with Carol REED,in "Odd man out" (in Belfast).This work was influenced by Marcel Carné's "realisme poétique" and cast Mason as a fugitive.Both "odd man out" and "the man between " have similar endings,except for the female part.

Berlin atmosphere (like Vienna in 'the third man') is well rendering,with the claustrophobia you used to feel during the Wall days. There are plotholes,but the cast easily makes up for that.The couple Mason /Bloom is very endearing:Mason 's character is a man whose ideals have been betrayed and his love for the beautiful English woman he tries to save is touching .Actually ,at the beginning,Mason was not friendly,he was even disturbing,but his moral stature ceaselessly grows towards the end.The two stars get good support from German thespian Hildegarde Kneff,whom we miss in the second part.

This movie might have influenced two sixties work:"the spy who came in from the cold"(Martin Ritt,1965) which featured Claire Bloom again,and "torn curtain" (1966),one of Hitchcock's minor movies in which we find a theater again!FF Coppola in "godfather III" ,like Carol Reed,took advantage of this by using opera music to enhance particular scenes.

Although inferior to 'the third man" (neither Welles nor Karas) "odd man out' or even "fallen idol" (1948),"the man between " deserves to be seen.


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