Between Two Worlds

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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2010
  • UPC: 883316270417
  • Original Release: 1944
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,423

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 Jr. Art Director
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Perc Westmore Makeup
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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    GREAT CAST, PSHCYOLOGICAL INTRIGUE, GREAT MOVIE!

    A remake of OUTWARD BOUND....I prefer this one to the original (which is rare). Not only is the cast good (J. Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Edmund Gwenn....), but the plot is very good and is one where people may "discuss" later.
    This has to deal with a group of people on a ship....without ruining the movie - which this version goes into quickly - the passengers are dead, and while the movie shows how each person acts (and what the "examiner" - Sydney Greenstreet - has planned for their afterlife.)
    I find the movie very interesting, and the results of those in the cast is worth it....how each acts and what the examiner has planned for them makes one wonder......?
    I love it, and watch if often. (Plus, I really like Garfield, Henreid Gwenn and Greenstreet).

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