The Red Danube

Overview

One of the more palatable of Hollywood's anti-communist tracts of the late 1940s-early 1950s was MGM's The Red Danube. Janet Leigh plays Maria Buhlen, an Eastern Bloc ballerina who seeks political asylum in the British-occupied zone of Vienna. Maria's plight turns into a political tug-of-war involving a British colonel Walter Pidgeon and a Soviet colonel Louis Calhern. Their ideological hagglings spill over into spiritualism, as represented by Mother Superior Ethel Barrymore, and romance, as personified by ...
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Overview

One of the more palatable of Hollywood's anti-communist tracts of the late 1940s-early 1950s was MGM's The Red Danube. Janet Leigh plays Maria Buhlen, an Eastern Bloc ballerina who seeks political asylum in the British-occupied zone of Vienna. Maria's plight turns into a political tug-of-war involving a British colonel Walter Pidgeon and a Soviet colonel Louis Calhern. Their ideological hagglings spill over into spiritualism, as represented by Mother Superior Ethel Barrymore, and romance, as personified by Maria's ardent suitor Major John McPhimister Peter Lawford. Like earlier anti-Red cinematic exercises, The Red Danube failed to connect at the box office.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Modern audiences will likely view The Red Danube as little more than an anti-communist film, but it actually had somewhat loftier intentions. Sure, it was intent on demonstrating that there's a big difference between red and red, white blue, but it also attempted to explore, however slightly, the role that Allied acquiescence played in the post-War repatriation of Soviet refugees. In addition, Danube spends an inordinate amount of time discussing the pros and cons of theism. So Danube is perhaps better intentioned than some might give it credit for -- but it also must be admitted that those intentions do not add up to a good film. Danube is an excessively talky film, which fact by itself would not be a problem if the talk were more interesting, entertaining or just plain involving. But it's dry and academic, and it often brings the movie to a dead halt, no matter which side of the debate one is on. George Sidney's laconic direction does not help matters, nor does Peter Lawford's wooden performance. Walter Pidgeon and Ethel Barrymore do much better, especially considering that they must handle all of the God vs. atheism duels. But only Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury truly rise above the material, turning in solid performances that go a long way to keeping one's interest in Danube.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2012
  • UPC: 883316451823
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Pidgeon Col. Michael "Jokey" Nicobar
Ethel Barrymore Mother Superior
Peter Lawford Maj. John "Twingo" McPhimister
Angela Lansbury Audrey Quail
Janet Leigh Maria Buhlen
Louis Calhern Col. Pinier
Melville Cooper Pvt. David Moonlight
Robert Coote Brig. C.M.V. Catlock
Alan Napier The General
Roman Toporow 2nd Lt. Maxim Omansky
Kasia Orzazewski Sister Kasmira
Tamara Shayne Helena Nagard
Konstantin Shayne Prof. Serge Bruloff
Janine Perreau "Mickey" Mouse
Argentina Brunetti Italian Woman
Richard Fraser Pilot
Kenneth Hunter Brigadier General
Henry Kulky Lieutenant
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Omicron
Audrey Long Countess Cressanti
John Royce Sergeant
Francis L. Sullivan Col. Humphrey "Blinker" Omicron
Lotus Thompson Woman Private
Tito Vuolo Italian Billposter
Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Gina Kaus Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
Hans Peters Art Director
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Rosher Sr. Cinematographer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Carey Wilson Producer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Red Danube
1. Chapter 1 [1:42]
2. Chapter 2 [3:19]
3. Chapter 3 [2:23]
4. Chapter 4 [3:19]
5. Chapter 5 [3:49]
6. Chapter 6 [2:46]
7. Chapter 7 [1:59]
8. Chapter 8 [2:56]
9. Chapter 9 [3:29]
10. Chapter 10 [1:40]
11. Chapter 11 [3:21]
12. Chapter 12 [2:03]
13. Chapter 13 [2:08]
14. Chapter 14 [3:43]
15. Chapter 15 [2:10]
16. Chapter 16 [2:53]
17. Chapter 17 [3:25]
18. Chapter 18 [2:02]
19. Chapter 19 [3:29]
20. Chapter 20 [2:12]
21. Chapter 21 [4:22]
22. Chapter 22 [1:21]
23. Chapter 23 [:39]
24. Chapter 24 [2:45]
25. Chapter 25 [4:56]
26. Chapter 26 [3:04]
27. Chapter 27 [2:59]
28. Chapter 28 [2:30]
29. Chapter 29 [2:19]
30. Chapter 30 [2:58]
31. Chapter 31 [4:02]
32. Chapter 32 [2:38]
33. Chapter 33 [2:19]
34. Chapter 34 [2:35]
35. Chapter 35 [2:45]
36. Chapter 36 [3:00]
37. Chapter 37 [4:25]
38. Chapter 38 [2:44]
39. Chapter 39 [1:56]
40. Chapter 40 [2:11]
41. Chapter 41 [3:32]
42. Chapter 42 [3:11]
43. Chapter 43 [:27]
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Disc #1 -- The Red Danube
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