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Watch on the Rhine

Watch on the Rhine

Bette Davis
Director: Herman Shumlin Cast: Bette Davis
Bette Davis
, Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Herman Shumlin

DVD (Full Frame)

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An expansion of, and improvement upon, Lillian Hellman's stage play of the same name, Watch on the Rhine stars Paul Lukas, recreating his Broadway role of tireless anti-fascist crusader Kurt Muller. As the clouds of war gather in Europe in the late 1930s, Muller arrives in Washington DC, accompanied by his American wife Sara (top-billed Bette Davis) and their children Joshua (Donald Buka), Bodo (Eric Roberts) and Babette (Janis Wilson). The Mullers stay at the home of Sarah's wealthy mother Fanny Fannelly (Lucille Watson), who lives in her own world of society get-togethers and can't be bothered with politics. Also staying with Fanny is Rumanian aristocrat Teck de Branovis (George Coulouris) and his American wife Marthe (Geraldine Fitzgerald). To protect his family, Muller keeps his "underground" activities a secret from Fanny and her guests, but de Branovis is suspicious of the mild-mannered visitor. It turns out that de Branovis is actually a Nazi sympathizer, willing to betray Muller for a price. Using blackmail as one of his weapons, de Branovis threatens to destroy all that Muller has been fighting for. To prevent this, Muller kills de Branovis in cold blood. Now technically a murderer, Muller bids his family a reluctant goodbye, heading back to Europe to continue his vital work. If ever there was a justifiable homicide in a motion picture, it was the killing of the odious de Branovis in Watch on the Rhine. Still, the Hollywood production code dictated that a murderer must always pay for his crimes, thus a coda is added, alluding to Muller's death-providing a golden opportunity for a nifty smiling-through-the-tears curtain speech by Bette Davis. Scripted by Lillian Hellman's lover Dashiel Hammett, Watch on the Rhine earned several Academy Award nominations, as well as a "best actor" Oscar for Paul Lukas.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2019
UPC: 0883929668816
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 29,525

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Sara Muller
Paul Lukas Kurt Muller
Geraldine Fitzgerald Marthe de Brancovis
Donald Woods David Farrelly
George Coulouris Teck Debrancovis
Lucile Watson Fanny Farrelly
Beulah Bondi Anise
Eric Roberts Bodo Muller
Henry Daniell Phili Von Ramme
Donald Buka Joshua Miller
Mary Young Mrs. Mellie Sewell
Kurt Katch Herr Blecher
Erwin Kalser Dr. Klauber
Robert O. Davis Oberdorff
Clyde Fillmore Sam Chandler
Frank Wilson Joseph
Clarence Muse Horace
Joe Bernard Actor
Glen Cavender German Embassy Servant
Herma Cordova Actor
Gretl Dupont Woman
Robert C. Fischer German Ambassador
Wedgewood Nowell American Diplomat
David Cross German Embassy Butler
Janis Wilson Babette Muller
Joseph DeVillard Spanish General
Hans Tanzler German Diplomat
Anthony Caruso Italian Man
Helmut Dantine Young Man
Howard Hickman Cyrus Penfield
Creighton Hale Chauffeur
Garry Owen Taxi Driver
Leah Baird Miss Drake
Elvira Curci Italian woman
Jean de Briac Mr. Chabeuf
Alan Hale Boy
Jack Mower Trainman
Frank Reicher Admiral
Bill Washington Doc

Technical Credits
Herman Shumlin Director
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Rudi Fehr Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematographer
Dashiell Hammett Screenwriter
Lillian Hellman Screenwriter
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Jack Holden Special Effects
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Watch on the Rhine
1. Credits And Foreword. [1:35]
2. In America. [3:19]
3. Breakfast Bell. [5:10]
4. Refugees. [4:20]
5. That Is My Trade. [2:15]
6. Shopping And Chattering. [4:07]
7. Fanny's Feelings. [2:55]
8. Man Who Sells Things. [5:39]
9. The Mullers Arrive. [4:45]
10. Welcome To Your Home. [4:03]
11. Anti-Fascist. [6:37]
12. Suspicions. [3:38]
13. Would You? [3:18]
14. Learn To Be Frightened. [3:07]
15. Contents Of The Case. [4:42]
16. Uncomfortable Memories. [7:53]
17. Kurt's Work. [5:43]
18. What If? [2:32]
19. Rules For Joshua. [3:34]
20. The Way I Must Live. [3:14]
21. Men In Trouble. [5:05]
22. Teck's Terms. [3:17]
23. Better Without Words. [5:08]
24. That Willingness To Fight. [5:11]
25. Machts Gut. [4:16]
26. In For Trouble. [3:14]
27. When The Time Comes. [2:55]

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