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Watch on the Rhine (1943)
|Actor:||Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lucile Watson, Beulah Bondi, George Coulouris, Donald Woods, Henry Daniell, Eric Roberts, Donald Buka, Anthony Caruso|
|Studio:||Warner Home Video|
|Released:||April 1, 2008|
|Misc:||NTSC, Black & White|
|Language:||English (Original Language), French (Subtitled), English (Subtitled)|
Other Discs in this 6675Set:6676The Old Maid / 6677All This, and Heaven Too / 6678The Great Lie / 6679In This Our Life / 6681Deception
SYNOPSIS:Lillian Hellman's 1941 stage hit (adapted by Dashiell Hammett) retains its emotional and intellectual power in this suspenseful movie awarded the New York Film Critics 1943 Best Picture prize, and lauded as "a distinguished film, full of sense, power and beauty" by the NY Times. The praiseworthy film about standing up for what is right, at all odds, stars Paul Lukas repeating his Broadway triumph as Kurt Muller, a German underground leader who arrives with his family in Washington, DC and soon finds the tentacles of Nazi terror have a very long reach.
Lukas' passionate performance earned him an Oscar, beating out Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and Gary Cooper in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Bette Davis, who took on the film because she believed in its importance, portrays Muller's wife with ringing integrity. Lucile Watson as a socialite whose complacency is "shaken out of the magnolias" and George Colouris as a shady blackmailer also memorably reprise their stage roles. The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
- Commentary by film historian Bernard F. Dick
Warner Night at the Movies 1943 short subjects gallery:
- Vintage Newsreel
- Musical short Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra
- Classic cartoon The Wise Quacking Duck
- Trailers of Watch on the Rhine and 1943's Mission to Moscow