The Red Danube (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Red Danube (1949)





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In this anti-communist tract, 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 and a Soviet colonel.

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Walter Pidgeon
as Col. Michael "Jokey" Nicobar
Ethel Barrymore
as Mother Superior
Peter Lawford
as Maj. John "Twingo" McPhimister
Angela Lansbury
as Audrey Quail
Janet Leigh
as Maria Buhlen
Louis Calhern
as Col. Piniev
Francis L. Sullivan
as Col. Humphrey `Blinker' Omicron
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 Omansky
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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Critic Reviews for The Red Danube

All Critics (2)

Reflects the chilly atmosphere between the superpowers during the Cold War.

Full Review… | April 23, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

The Red Danube It is a film that is filled with truths about what happened after World War II during the early part of the Cold War in different parts of Europe where the Russians would request their people back who escaped during World War II. It has a good cast. It has some emotionally sad parts seeing the treatment the Russians did of people they had returned to go back to Russia and how the children and elders were given back to the British for they saw little use for them. Some parts were funny parts such as the nun. I liked the poor impoverished child the British called the nick name Mickey Mouse. I liked the movie. It is able to capture the best parts of Christianity and able to provide a good idea of how bad the Soviets treated it's people and why people did not wish to return to Russia.


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
Elaine G

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