Between Two Worlds (1944)

Between Two Worlds





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During World War II, two Austrian emigrants commit suicide and awaken to find themselves on a supernatural ship sailing the seas of limbo. This allegorical fantasy centers on the couple's desperate pleas to a mysterious Examiner, hoping to free themselves from an eternity in purgatory.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Daniel Fuchs
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


as Tom Prior

as Henry Bergner

as Rev. Tim Thompson

as Ann Bergner

as Scrubby

as Pete Musick

as Maxine

as Mrs. Midget

as Rev. William Duke

as Mrs. Cliveden-Banks

as Cliveden-Banks

as Dispatcher
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Critic Reviews for Between Two Worlds

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Fascinating in its fanciful treatment of death, and response to its spiritual enchantment may be expected from this picture.

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Between Two Worlds


Moody fantasy with a terrific cast of characters and character actors all doing excellent work. The weakest link is Henreid but the rest of the players are given individual moments to shine and he doesn't hurt the picture much. Greenstreet, Edmund Gwenn, Sara Allgood and Garfield all stand out but everybody is good and create identifiable people with all their strengths and failings.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Overly sentimental but still entertaining film that had me thinking (a bit anyway) about my life's path. A mixed group of strangers in WWII London are waiting to board a ship that will take them to America. A bomb from an air raid strikes the cab they are traveling in, and they find themselves on what they believe is the ship to America. What they discover about the ship and about themselves is much stranger than anything they can imagine.

The cast, including John Garfield, Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker are good, but Sydney Greenstreet really stands out as the Examiner who will make the final decision about what future path each of these passengers will take. Edmund Gwynn as the steward on the mystery ship is also good, although I couldn't help thinking about Santa Claus every time I saw him :-). For the most part, this was a well-spent 2 hours (or thereabouts). But I felt it was a bit heavy-handed in the "rich = evil, poor = noble" message. I would have liked to have seen a wealthy philanthropist amongst the self-serving, money-grubbing bastards. But maybe I'm watching this from a 2010 point of view rather than a 1940s.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

Fascinating in its fanciful treatment of death, and response to its spiritual enchantment may be expected from this picture.

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