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This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 20 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Monday 6 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Altoona PA 22 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel10), in Seattle 3 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 20 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Honolulu 22 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 4 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 1 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Baltimore 15 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Nashville 17 October 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Tucson 4 December 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), and in Cleveland 20 December 1957 on KYW (Channel 3); in Los Angeles its television premiere did not take place until a year later, 14 December 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco its earliest documented telecast stands at 10 November 1961 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
A minor gem...handsomely produced and well acted melodrama of the Nazi menace...
In the Ethel Vance novel, the role of the Countess is even smaller than it is in the film. The story has been re-structured to fit MGM's Norma Shearer (still the Queen of the lot at the time) and Robert Taylor. Taylor, always an underrated actor, gives one of his most forceful, sensitive and earnest performances as an American trying to free his mother from a German prison camp and seeking the help of the Countess to achieve his goal. Suspense builds as the Nazi menace (Conrad Veidt) threatens to destroy any hope he has of enabling his mother to escape.
Handsomely produced, although much of the Alpine scenery has a studio-bound stage setting look, it gives us a glimpse of Norma Shearer's aristocratic beauty and Robert Taylor in his prime--which should be enough for some movie fans. Added to that is the suspenseful story and an excellent supporting cast--including Nazimova as the mother, Felix Bressart and Bonita Granville as a pro-Nazi sympathizer. It all moves rather smoothly under Mervyn LeRoy's direction, a glossy melodrama that unfortunately has never made its way to video. Well worth watching, so catch it if you can on one of the cable stations.
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