49th Parallel (The Invaders)

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49th Parallel is a British wartime entreaty for Empire solidarity, concentrating on rousing the patriotic fervor of the citizens of Canada. A group of Nazi naval officers and crewmen are stranded on Canadian soil (we have no sympathy for the castaways, inasmuch as we have just seen them refusing food and water to a group of torpedoed British seamen). Led by lieutenant Eric Portman, the Nazis try to stir up sympathy amongst the Canadians, beginning with apolitical Quebeckian trapper Laurence Olivier. Failing to convert Olivier--even by force--the Germans move on to a Hutterite farming community, where again they are unsuccessful in winning adherents (though, conversely, German seaman Niall Mac Ginnis defects to the other side). They then cross the path of professorial author Leslie Howard, who is living amongst the Indians to soak up "local color". Even Howard proves too formidable for the Nazis, and by film's end the surviving invaders are hiding out in a train, where they are discovered and captured by AWOL Canadian soldier Raymond Massey. Most TV viewers know 49th Parallel under its alternate title, The Invaders. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Richard George
as Kommandant Bernsdorff
Eric Portman
as Lieutenant Hirth
Raymond Lovell
as Lieutenant Kuhnecke
Leslie Howard
as Philip Armstrong Scott
Raymond Massey
as Andy Brock
Ley On
as Nick
John Chandos
as Lohrmann
Theodore Salt
as U.S. Customs Officer
Tawera Moana
as George the Indian
O.W. Fonger
as U.S. Customs Officer
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  • Jul 10, 2018
    It's Canada and the Nazi's are not only a pain to Poland, to Europe but, holy smokes, they're in Canada as well. Can 11 million red-blooded, Canadians put 6 goosestepping, Hitler-loving, nogoodniks in check, in time"? This bit of English made wartime propaganda is especially interesting as the action happens episodically and across the lower half of the country. And its message is far less over-the-top than most American productions ever were.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    I know this film was meant to rally the US to take action in the war effort, but 49th Parallel is a propaganda film whose polemics would make Eisenstein blush. Plus, Olivier doesn't just chew the scenery, he swallows it whole.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I caught this movie on TV and was bored at once. I'm not a big fan of military type movies in the first place, but this one didn't catch my interest at all.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2010
    Ensemble war drama of a nazi U-boat crew trying to escape Canada is filled with fine performances and served as propaganda to encourage the U.S. to get into WWII. Niall MacGinnis stands out but all the actors are good even if Olivier overdoes it a bit with the French Canadian accent. One of Leslie Howard's last films before he himself became a casualty of the war.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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