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36 Hours (1964)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 19 February 1965 (USA)
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Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (screenplay), Roald Dahl (story "Beware of the Dog") | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Major Jefferson Pike
Eva Marie Saint ... Anna Hedler
Rod Taylor ... Major Walter Gerber
Werner Peters ... Otto Schack
John Banner ... Ernst
Russell Thorson ... General Allison
Alan Napier ... Colonel Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Lt. Colonel Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert ... Captain Abbott
Sig Ruman ... German Guard
Celia Lovsky ... Elsa
Karl Held Karl Held ... Corporal Kenter
Martin Kosleck ... Kraatz
Marjorie Bennett ... Charwoman
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... German Soldier
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Storyline

In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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The Wildest Spy Adventure A Man Ever Lived! See more »

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

James Doohan: The soon-to-be "Montgomery Scott" of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) is uncredited as a British orderly in the opening scenes. Doohan served in Canadian forces during the Normandy Invasion (which the film is about) where he lost part of a finger. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future Imperfect (1990) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Stratagem (2004) were inspired by this film. See more »

Goofs

The phony newspaper which Pike is given on arrival in hospital, has a front page item about the UN. Although the United Nations first opened in 1945, the name comes from January 1942, when Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation outlining the basic set-up and goals for such an organization. This is all that the Nazis would have needed to make this phony report. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Ernst: [Taking to Pike and Anna] Oh, you think I'm not loyal to the Fuhrer? But I am. He's a great man.Whatever he tells me to do, I do. He sends messages to the home guard. He says
[speaking in Hitler's clipped diction]
Sgt. Ernst: ; 'if the enemy puts a foot on German soil - it is your duty to drive them out'. You are the enemy . I can not 'drive you out' - I have no car. So - I make you walk out
[heartily laughs]
Sgt. Ernst: Heil Hitler!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Sole Survivor (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Mairzy Doats
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Livingston
Lyrics by Milton Drake and Al Hoffman
Sung by a vocal group on the radio
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Great interplay between James Garner and Rod Taylor
17 June 2005 | by jeremy-tarlingSee all my reviews

Really enjoyed this film, an engaging mix of psychological banter with pre-D-Day espionage tension.

The best scenes for me were the dialogues between James Garner and Rod Taylor, they'd make a great film on their own. Garner has that amazing combination of intellect and machismo - he can debate the moral aspect of duty and then knock out a guard just as convincingly

Eva Marie Saint's performance is very strong too as the concentration-camp victim unable to express emotion after the trauma that she has experienced. The power of Roald Dahl's writing comes through here, as she acts as a constant reminder to us of the grim realities of the war in the context of the other charismatic characters.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

19 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirty Six Hours See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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