The Red Danube

TitleThe Red Danube
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1949
AuthorsSidney, George
Running Time119 minutes
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. Shortly after the end of World War II, British agents in Vienna must help repatriate displaced Soviet citizens. One falls in love with a ballerina, who seeks asylum in a convent.


Walter Pidgeon

Ethel Barrymore

Peter Lawford

Angela Lansbury

Janet Leigh

Louis Calhern

Francis L. Sullivan

Melville Cooper

Robert Coote

Alan Napier

Roman Toporow

Kasia Orzazewski

Tamara Shayne

Konstantin Shayne

Janine Perreau


Produced by Carey Wilson

Directed by George Sidney

Written by Bruce Marshall, Gina Kaus, and Arthur Wimperis

Cinematography by Charles Rosher

Edited by James E. Newcom

Music by Miklós Rózsa


Drama, Romance, War

Alternate TitleThe Case of Maria Buhlen
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