This is an important and effective propaganda film. Picture started in April 1940 and took 18 months to complete. The British Government invested over $100,000 in the venture.

This is an important and effective propaganda film. Picture started in April 1940 and took 18 months to complete. The British Government invested over $100,000 in the venture.

The locales depict Canadian life from an Eskimo village to a Hutterite settlement in the Canadian wheatfields. Story is the strongest possible indictment against Nazism. Plot concerns six Nazi U-boat men whose craft is blown up in the Hudson Bay straits. They reach land and commit every sort of crime up to murder in their efforts to reach the neutral territory of the US. The script of Emeric Pressburger [from a scenario by him and Rodney Ackland] is direct and forceful.

The stars are Leslie Howard, with his comedy gifts at high tide; Laurence Olivier (a bit, but the best thing he has ever done); Raymond Massey (also a bit, but outstanding); and Anton Walbrook, as a dignified Hutterite leader. Despite the heartbreaking difficulties encountered, such as the defection of Elizabeth Bergner after the picture was well on its way, Michael Powell, the director, has managed to maintain his stature among the top directors.

1942: Best Original Story.

Nominations: Best Picture, Screenplay

49th Parallel

UK

Production

Ortus. Director Michael Powell; Producer Michael Powell; Screenplay Emeric Pressburger; Camera Freddie Young; Editor David Lean; Music Ralph Vaughan Williams; Art Director David Rawnsley

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 123 MIN.

With

Leslie Howard Raymond Massey Laurence Olivier Anton Walbrook Glynis Johns Eric Portman
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