Review: ‘S.O.S. Iceberg’

Made chiefly in Greenland under the aegis of Knud Rasmussen, polar authority, deputized by the Danish government, Universal had the further advice of two members of the ill-fated Wegener expedition. The result is an authentic and authoritative series of polar pictures which scarcely need the pressbook assurance that no miniatures were used to supplement the straight shots.

Made chiefly in Greenland under the aegis of Knud Rasmussen, polar authority, deputized by the Danish government, Universal had the further advice of two members of the ill-fated Wegener expedition. The result is an authentic and authoritative series of polar pictures which scarcely need the pressbook assurance that no miniatures were used to supplement the straight shots.

Briefly, a young scientist seeks to recover the records of the lost Wegener expedition. He achieves his purpose with the aid of three friends, experienced ice men, and his financial backer, who goes along for the fun of the adventure and is driven mad by the awful perils. They are marooned on an iceberg. The hero’s wife, a noted flier, goes to the rescue and crashes against the berg in landing.

The finest bit of acting is contributed by Gibson Gowland. Leni Reifenstahl, the one woman in the picture, bears the same relation to the story as the heroine in a standard Western. She supplies the alleged love interest while otherwise serving only to impede the story.

According to the inside, this picture was conceived and started by Germans and turned over to Universal when the originators were unable to carry it through. Interiors were made in Berlin and only the finished negative went to Hollywood.

S.O.S. Iceberg

US - Germany

Production

Universal. Director Tay Garnett; Producer Paul Kohner; Screenplay Tom Reed, Edwin H. Knopf, Arnold Fanck; Camera Hans Schneeberger, Richard Angst; Editor Andrew Marton; Music Paul Desau

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Rod La Rocque Leni Reifenstahl Sepp Rist Gibson Gowland Ernst Ujet
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