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The Red Danube (1949)

The Red Danube (1949)

The Red Danube





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One of the more palatable of Hollywood's anti-communist tracts of the late 1940s-early 1950s was MGM's The Red Danube. Janet Leigh plays Maria Buhlen, an Eastern Bloc ballerina who seeks political asylum in the British-occupied zone of Vienna. Maria's plight turns into a political tug-of-war involving a British colonel (Walter Pidgeon) and a Soviet colonel (Louis Calhern). Their ideological hagglings spill over into spiritualism, as represented by Mother Superior Ethel Barrymore, and romance, as personified by Maria's ardent suitor Major John McPhimister (Peter Lawford). Like earlier anti-Red cinematic exercises, The Red Danube failed to connect at the box office.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gina Kaus, Arthur Wimperis
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Walter Pidgeon
as Col. Michael "Jokey"...
Ethel Barrymore
as Mother Superior
Peter Lawford
as Maj. John "Twingo" M...
Angela Lansbury
as Audrey Quail
Janet Leigh
as Maria Buhlen
Louis Calhern
as Col. Piniev
Francis L. Sullivan
as Col. Humphrey `Blink...
Melville Cooper
as Pvt. David Moonlight
Robert Coote
as Brig. C.M.V. Catlock
Alan Napier
as The General
Roman Toporow
as 2nd Lt. Maxim Omansk...
Kasia Orzazewski
as Sister Kasmira
Tamara Shayne
as Helena Nagard
Konstantin Shayne
as Prof. Serge Bruloff
Janine Perreau
as `Mickey' Mouse
David Hydes
as Lt. Guedalia-Wood
Audrey Long
as Countess Cressanti
Margo von Leu
as Lani Hansel
Tito Vuolo
as Italian Billposter
Argentina Brunetti
as Italian Woman
Lotus Thompson
as Woman Private
John Royce
as Sergeant
Henry Kulky
as Lieutenant
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Omicron
Kenneth Hunter
as Brigadier General
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What elevates George Sidney's agit-prop feature from MGM, which reflected the Cold War mentality, is the strong acting from Walter Pidgeon and especially Ethel Barrymore

Full Review… | August 4, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Red Danube

I happened to catch this movie on late one night and I've been hooked every since. The cast is all perfect together. I really love Walter Pidgeon's role and how his character seems to evolve through the movie. The movie takes some interesting and unexpected twists and turns throughout. I highly recommend this one looking for a new classic favorite!!

Elaine G

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