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The White Tower (1950)

Approved | | Adventure | 24 June 1950 (USA)
A group of people come together in the Swiss Alps to climb a previously unconquered mountain, revealing their inner selves in the process.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

Paul Jarrico (screenplay), James Ramsey Ullman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Glenn Ford ... Martin Ordway
Alida Valli ... Carla Alton (as Valli)
Claude Rains ... Paul Delambre
Oskar Homolka ... Andreas (as Oscar Homolka)
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Nicholas Radcliffe (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Lloyd Bridges ... Mr. Hein
June Clayworth ... Mme. Astrid Delambre
Lotte Stein ... Frau Andreas
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Storyline

The White Tower, a Matterhorn-like mountain in the Swiss Alps, has never been climbed. Carla Alten's father, a famous mountaineer, died in a long-ago attempt. Now, Carla, determined to fulfill her father's dream, has assembled an unusual climbing party to tackle the nearly-impossible ascent. Written by hypercritical

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Every gasping thrill in color by Technicolor!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hölle am weißen Turm See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When scaling the last bit of the peak near the end, it's obvious that studio lights were being used as there are multiple shadows going in multiple directions of Glenn Ford. See more »

Quotes

Martin Ordway: Oh, what do we have here?
Paul DeLambre: [holding two bottles] Brandy. One for medicinal purposes, and one for celebration - when we reach the top.
Martin Ordway: What if you don't?
Paul DeLambre: Then for consolation.
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okay adventure film. climbing White Tower
18 November 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

The daughter of a (dead) famous climber returns to the scene years later, and wants to put together a group to get to the top of "the White Tower", a mountain peak. Her past friends and associates refuse to to it again, because its so dangerous. Carla (Alida Valli) bumps into Martin the architect, played by Glenn Ford. He was SO AWESOME in "Gilda".. watch it, if you haven't already. Herr Hein ( Lloyd Bridges) joins up with the climbing party. Claude Rains, who was just GREAT in Casablanca, and so many other films, is Delambre. He's getting too old for this. Hein keeps telling everyone that "To rest is not to conquer!". Kind of an odd collection of people, but its all quite plausible. Not much magic between the cast, though. Bridges sounds quite cardboard. Martin is torn... he really likes Carla, but doesn't always agree with her decisions. Some interesting alliances and discussions among the group, but really the most interesting features are the rocky cliff scenes and weather sequences. It's alright. maybe a different cast would have made it better.


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