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Beyond the Curtain (1960)

| Drama | April 1960 (UK)
East German refugee Karin finds herself back at home in Dresden when the flight on which she is stewardess, between Berlin and the West, is forced down. She is then used by the State police... See full summary »

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Compton Bennett

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John Cresswell (screenplay), Compton Bennett (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Greene ... Capt. Jim Kyle
Eva Bartok ... Karin von Seefeldt
Marius Goring ... Hans Körtner
Lucie Mannheim ... Frau von Seefeldt
Andree Melly ... Linda (as Andrée Melly)
George Mikell George Mikell ... Pieter von Seefeldt
John Welsh ... Turner
Denis Shaw ... Krumm
Annette Carell ... Governor
Gaylord Cavallaro Gaylord Cavallaro ... Twining
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Waiter
Brian Wilde ... Bill Seddon
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Zimmerman
Guy Kingsley Poynter Guy Kingsley Poynter ... Capt. Law
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Russian Colonel
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Storyline

East German refugee Karin finds herself back at home in Dresden when the flight on which she is stewardess, between Berlin and the West, is forced down. She is then used by the State police to find her wanted brother, so when colleague - and fiancé - Jim arrives to get her back to the western sector of Berlin, he has to watch his back. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fuga dos Malsinados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Martin Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although set in East Berlin, the entire film was shot in England. See more »

Goofs

After the flight crew is taken into the holding room by the local political officers, Karin lights up a cigarette in spite of the Rauchen Verboten (No Smoking) sign clearly visible on the wall behind her. The military guard doesn't say a word as she continues to smoke. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: BERLIN 1960 See more »

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Even The Authorities Are Scared Of The Authorities
21 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The passenger plane that Richard Greene is piloting strays out of the air corridor from Berlin. The plane is forced down by Russians. When local authorities let the plane and passengers continue on their way, Eva Bartok, the stewardess and Greene's fiancee, is held as a German national and sent to Dresden in East Germany. Greene determines to go underground and get her out.

There are some good actors in this Cold War thriller shot entirely in England: not only the leads, but Marius Goring as an old friend of Miss Bartok's who is now working for The Authorities. In all, though, this is a mediocre effort, with its roots deep in cinema, from the days when innocent civilians were trying to escape from Germany during the First World War. Eric Cross' camerawork is competent but undistinguished and it looks like the production was shot for speed and not excellence; a couple of American characters do not bother to maintain their accents.


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