Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

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Director: Edward A. Blatt

Cast: Edward A. Blatt, John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet

     
 

In this remake of Outward Bound, which updated the story to include topical refences to the war still raging in Europe, Henry (Paul Henreid) and Ann (Eleanor Parker) are a couple from Austria hoping to escape Nazi bombings. They are en route to a ship leaving Europe when an explosion throws them from their car and leaves many passersby dead. Despondent andSee more details below

Overview

In this remake of Outward Bound, which updated the story to include topical refences to the war still raging in Europe, Henry (Paul Henreid) and Ann (Eleanor Parker) are a couple from Austria hoping to escape Nazi bombings. They are en route to a ship leaving Europe when an explosion throws them from their car and leaves many passersby dead. Despondent and unable to meet the ship, the couple return to their apartment and decide to commit suicide by turning on the gas. They awake to find themselves on a ship shrouded in fog and carrying many passengers, among them Tom Prior (John Garfield), a wisecracking reporter who was also a witness to the earlier bombing. Henry and Ann discover that the ship is actually Limbo, a waiting station between Heaven and Hell, where Mr. Thompson (Sydney Greenstreet) will determine their final destination for eternity.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Between Two Worlds is a rather boring fantasy of the "afterlife" variety. While it perhaps deserves credit for not saving its big (but not original to modern viewers) revelation -- that the passengers on board the ship are all dead and on their way to Judgment -- but getting it out of the way fairly early on, it also must be said that after the revelation there's not a great deal that keeps the viewer's interest. Certainly, the plot advances, as each of the passengers' stories is related and his or her final resting (or not-so-resting) place is determined; but it's done so terribly earnestly and with so little surprise that it simply drags on and on. What comes before isn't exactly fast paced, either, and that is World's biggest problem: it simply doesn't engage the viewer. That's not the fault of Sydney Greenstreet and Edmund Gwenn, who turn in a couple of entertaining performances that keep the viewer awake in between mawkish moments. But they're counterbalanced by Paul Henreid's and Eleanor Parker's dreary turns and by John Garfield's oafishly overbaked one. The supporting cast can't do much with their material, either, despite the presence of such as Sara Allgood and Dennis King. The music, however, is quite good, and the physical production pleases.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
UPC:
0883316270417
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Pan & Scan]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
31,298

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Garfield Tom Prior
Paul Henreid Henry
Sydney Greenstreet Thompson
Eleanor Parker Ann
Edmund Gwenn Scrubby
George Tobias Pete Musick
George Coulouris Lingley
Faye Emerson Maxine
Sara Allgood Mrs. Midget
Dennis King Rev. William Duke
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Cliveden-Banks
Gilbert Emery Mr. Cliveden-Banks
Lester Matthews Dispatcher
Pat O'Moore Clerk

Technical Credits
Edward A. Blatt Director
Rudi Fehr Editor
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
Mark Hellinger Producer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Jack McConaghy Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Reticker Art Director
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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