36 Hours

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George Seaton's 36 Hours (1964) never should have been shot in Panavision -- that's the first thing one realizes on watching this DVD release. The black-and-white movie has been transferred letterboxed (2.35-to-1) with a sharp, richly contrasted image, but the widescreen format doesn't work for the director or the actors, or the story. Still, that's how it was photographed and there's no way around it, so the letterboxing is essential even in the process behind it was unneeded and unwanted. The movie has been ...
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George Seaton's 36 Hours (1964) never should have been shot in Panavision -- that's the first thing one realizes on watching this DVD release. The black-and-white movie has been transferred letterboxed (2.35-to-1) with a sharp, richly contrasted image, but the widescreen format doesn't work for the director or the actors, or the story. Still, that's how it was photographed and there's no way around it, so the letterboxing is essential even in the process behind it was unneeded and unwanted. The movie has been issued by Warner Home Video with minimal bonus features, its own trailer plus a pair of trailers for thematically-related James Garner titles. The 12 chapters are just adequate to the structure of the movie, but no more than adequate, and the volume is set rather low, although it does boost up nicely through speakers and is sharp enough to bring out all of the dialogue nuances and the details of Dimitri Tiomkin's music. The disc opens automatically to a simple two-layer menu.
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Special Features

James Garner war movies trailer gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
36 Hours has a premise that's intriguing but which also stretches credulity past what many viewers will consider the breaking point: would Nazi officials in desperate need of extracting vital information about the planned Allied landing really resort to an elaborate hoax to coax it out of an American officer, rather than simply devise a more direct method of interrogation? And even if they did opt to, would they really be able to set up such a complicated ruse in the time allotted? As a theatrical gimmick, however, it has a great deal of potential; unfortunately, writer/director George Seaton seriously undercuts its effectiveness by letting the audience in on the charade early on, rather than letting them discover it as the American officer himself does. The lengthy escape near the end also mutes the film's impact, coming off as too derivative and obligatory. Despite its flaws, however, Hours is an enjoyable espionage thriller, thanks in large part to James Garner and Rod Taylor. Garner is well cast as an honorable, dedicated Army man put into a situation in which he has to determine what is reality and what is fantasy. Taylor does even better as the psychiatrist out to trap him, despite the fact that he has genuine admiration for her adversary's sterling qualities. Eva Marie Saint seems a bit miscast as the supposed wife, but Warner Peters is effective as the venomous Nazi.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 012569797031
  • Original Release: 1964
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Garner Maj. Jefferson Pike
Eva Marie Saint Anna Hedler
Rod Taylor Maj. Walter Gerber
Werner Peters Otto Schack
John Banner Ernst
Russell Thorson Gen. Allison
Alan Napier Col. Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi Lt. Col. Ostermann
Sig Rumann German Guard
Celia Lovsky Elsa
Karl Held Cpl. Kenter
Martin Kosleck Kraatz
Marjorie Bennett Charwoman
Henry Rowland German Soldier
Otto Reichow German Soldier
Hilda Plowright German Agent
Walter Friedel Denker
Joseph Mell Lemke
Rudolph Anders Dr. Winterstein
Chris Anders German Officer
Henry Dar Boggia
Leslie E. Bradley British Announcer
Paul Busch German
Howard Curtis Dutton
George Dee French Informer
Luis Delgado Lieutenant
John Dennis M.P. Guard
James Doohan Bishop
Harold Dyrenforth Maj. Gen. Ungerland
Horst Ebersberg Swiss Officer
Kort Falkenberg Voice Only
Ed Gilbert Capt. Abbott
John Gilgreen Lt. Busch
John Hart Perkins
Walter Janowitz Dr. Metzler
Roy Jenson Soldier
Barry Macollum Bartender
Owen McGiveney Elderly Man
Eric Micklewood British Officer
Jeff Morris GI
Richard Peel Dudley
Joe di Reda
Norbert Schiller Dr. Wittelbach
Rolfe Sedan Frenchman
Michael Stroka
Technical Credits
George Seaton Director, Screenwriter
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Carl Hittleman Original Story
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
William Perlberg Producer
Stan Smith Makeup
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
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