Margin for Error

Margin for Error

Otto Preminger
 Cast: Otto Preminger
Otto Preminger
, Joan Bennett
Joan Bennett
, Carl Esmond
Carl Esmond
, Howard Freeman
Howard Freeman


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Clare Booth Luce's once-timely stage comedy Margin for Error was indifferently transferred to the screen in 1943. Milton Berle stars as Moe Finkelstein, a Jewish Brooklyn policeman assigned to guard Nazi consul Karl Baumer (Otto Preminger) in pre-WW II New York. Baumer is not only an anti-Semitic brute, but he's also a crook, siphoning off German consulate funds for his own use. His perfidy is well known by his wife Sophie (Joan Bennett), who married Baumer only to save her family from a concentration camp, and by Baumer's assistant Baron von Alvenstor (Carl Esmond). Thus, when Baumer is found dead of poison, stabbing and gunshot wounds, Sophie and the Baron are immediately suspected of murder. But Finkelstein comes to the rescue by piecing together the clues and coming up with a bizarre, but credible, solution to the crime. Having previously directed himself as Karl Baumer in the Broadway version of Margin for Error, Otto Preminger felt qualified to do the same in the film version: as a result, Preminger has no one but himself to blame for his shamelessly hammy performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2014
UPC: 0024543934332
Original Release: 1943
Source: Fox Mod
Time: 1:14:00
Sales rank: 43,609

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Bennett Sophie Baumer
Otto Preminger Karl Baumer
Carl Esmond Baron Max von Alvenstor
Howard Freeman Otto Hurst
Poldy Dur Frieda Schmidt
Clyde Fillmore Dr. Jennings
Ferike Boros Mrs. Finkelstein
Joe Kirk Officer Solomon
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Fritz
Elmer Jack Semple Saboteur
Ted North Saboteur
Hans Schumm Kurt Muller
Selmar Jackson Coroner
Milton Berle Moe Finkelstein
Gary Breckner American Announcer
Ralph Byrd Pete
Ruth Cherrington Dowager
Donald Dillaway Reporter
Ludwig Donath Adolf Hitler
Eddie Dunn Desk Sergeant
Norton J. Dunn Actor
Byron Foulger Drug Store Clerk
Dick French Photographer
Edward McNamara Mulrooney
Bud McTaggart Actor
Allan Nixon Actor
Michael "Ted" North Saboteur
W.J. O'Brien Waiter
Tom Seidel Soldier
Emmett Vogan Fingerprint Expert
Jerry Wald Actor
Wolfgang Zilzer Man
David Alison Jacoby

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Richard Day Art Director
Ralph Dietrich Producer
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Lillie Hayward Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design

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