Margin for Error (1943)

Margin for Error (1943)





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Clare Booth Luce's once-timely stage comedy Margin for Error was indifferently transferred to the screen in 1943. Milton Berle stars as Moe Finkelstein, a Jewish Brooklyn policeman assigned to guard Nazi consul Karl Baumer (Otto Preminger) in pre-WW II New York. Baumer is not only an anti-Semitic brute, but he's also a crook, siphoning off German consulate funds for his own use. His perfidy is well known by his wife Sophie (Joan Bennett), who married Baumer only to save her family from a concentration camp, and by Baumer's assistant Baron von Alvenstor (Carl Esmond). Thus, when Baumer is found dead of poison, stabbing and gunshot wounds, Sophie and the Baron are immediately suspected of murder. But Finkelstein comes to the rescue by piecing together the clues and coming up with a bizarre, but credible, solution to the crime. Having previously directed himself as Karl Baumer in the Broadway version of Margin for Error, Otto Preminger felt qualified to do the same in the film version: as a result, Preminger has no one but himself to blame for his shamelessly hammy performance.
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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20th Century Fox


Milton Berle
as Moe Finkelstein
Otto Preminger
as Karl Baumer
Joan Bennett
as Sophie Baumer
Carl Esmond
as Baron Max von Alvenstor
Howard Freeman
as Otto Horst
Poldy Dur
as Frieda Schmidt
Clyde Fillmore
as Dr. Jennings
Ferike Boros
as Mrs. Finkelstein
Joe Kirk
as Officer Solomon
Ted North
as Saboteur
Hans Schumm
as Kurt Muller
Edward McNamara
as Mulrooney
Selmar Jackson
as Coroner
Selmer Jackson
as Coroner
Eddie Dunn
as Desk Sergeant
Barney Ruditsky
as Policeman
Donald Dillaway
as Reporter
Dick French
as Photographer
Byron Foulger
as Drug Store Clerk
Ludwig Donath
as Adolf Hitler
Emmett Vogan
as Fingerprint Expert
David Alison
as Jacoby
Norton J. Dunn
as Saboteur
Allan Nixon
as Soldier
Tom Seidel
as Soldier
John Wald
as American Announcer
Gary Breckner
as American Announcer
W.J. O'Brien
as Waiter
Ralph Byrd
as Pete
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Gets a poor treatment on screen.

Full Review… | December 31, 2014
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