The Red Danube

TitleThe Red Danube
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1949
AuthorsSidney, George
Running Time1h 59min
Date Released10/14/1949
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

As an example of Hollywood's anti-communism in the early Cold War, this film combines the classic tropes of the defector and the damsel-in-distress to warn about the dangers of the Soviet Union.  Assigned to repatriate Soviet nationals from Vienna after World War II, Col. Michael S. Nicobar (Walter Pidgeon) and his aides, Maj. John McPhimister (Peter Lawford) and Audrey Quail (Angela Lansbury), relocate from Rome to carry out their mission. The three stay in a convent headed by a Mother Superior (Ethel Barrymore) who happens to be protecting Maria Buhlen (Janet Leigh), a Soviet ballerina wanted by the authorities. Soon, Nicobar questions his duty when he and McPhimister fall for Buhlen. The script was based on the 1947 novel Vespers in Vienna by Bruce Marshall.

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