49th Parallel is a powerful and important piece of World War 2 propaganda, which controversially was filmed from the point of view of a group of German soldiers. Asked to make a flag waver by the Ministry of Information, the brilliantly gifted film-making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger elected to set the action in Canada. The film features a stellar cast, who all waived their fees in the interests of the war.
A Nazi U-boat is sunk by the Canadian Air Force and all the crew are lost except six men who had been sent ashore before the attack. They stumble across an Eskimo village where Scott, Peter and his Eskimo servant, Martin live. Also present is a French trapper, Johnnie (played by Laurence Olivier), who panics when held at gunpoint and is shot by one of the Nazis. After this the Allies send an S.O.S. plane, and it is the intention of the Nazis to hijack it and fly to neutral America. When the plane arrives, there is a scuffle but they manage to take off. Will they be caught before they kill again?
Cast: Richard George .... Captain Bernsdorff, Commander German Submarine U37 /
Leslie Howard .... Philip Armstrong Scott, Writer /
Raymond Massey (I) .... Andy Brock, AWOL Canadian Soldier /
Raymond Lovell .... Lieutenant Kuhnecke, Member of German Submarine Crew /
Laurence Olivier .... Johnnie Barris the Trapper /
Anton Walbrook .... Peter, Settlement Leader /
Glynis Johns .... Anna, young settlement girl.
Also Known As:
49th Parallel (1941)
The Invaders (1942) (USA)
Runtime: full and uncut 117 minute version.
Color: Black and White
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