Watch on the Rhine (Full Screen)
Starring: Bette Davis & Paul Lukas Director: Herman Shumlin

Watch on the Rhine (Full Screen)
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: August 27, 1943
  • Originally Released: 1943
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English, French

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1943 - Best Actor: Paul Lukas
Academy Awards 1943 - Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

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Paul Lukas won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a German underground leader chased by the Nazis from his homeland to America. Bette Davis co-stars as his wife, and together the pair discovers how far the Nazis reach is, as their new life in Washington, D.C., is threatened by such figures as a shady blackmailer. Featuring a screenplay by Dashiell Hammett, this adaptation of Lillian Hellman's stage hit co-stars Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lucile Watson.

Product Description:

In this well-made adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play, Davis and Lukas are German anti-Nazi underground leaders who flee the country, only to be pursued to the U.S. by Nazi agents. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Actor--Paul Lukas.

Plot Synopsis:

Adapted from Lillian Hellman's gripping play, this wartime drama illustrates the dangers of complacency in light of the fascist threat.
German patriot Kurt Muller, who works in the anti-fascist underground resistance, flees with his family to Washington, D.C. to stay with relatives. While in America, he continues to raise funds for the cause, until an opportunistic man attempts to extort money from him in return for keeping his identity a secret. Then Nazi agents begin to stalk him, and the Muller family must make a painful decision about their future.


Production Notes:

  • Paul Lukas won the first annual Golden Globe award (in 1943) for Best Motion Picture Actor. He also played the role in the Broadway stage production.
  • Feature film debut for director Herman Shumlin. He directed the stage play on Broadway in 1941.
  • Lucile Watson also repeats her role from the Broadway stage production.
  • In 1943, the film's producer Hal B. Wallis was awarded the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy Awards for his work in the motion picture industry.
  • Additional cast: Donald Buka (Joshua), Janis Wilson (Babette), Edwin Kalser (Dr. Klauber), Robert O. Davis (Oberdorff), Clyde Fillmore (Sam Chandler).

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