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Between Two Worlds (1944)

Approved | | Mystery, Drama, Fantasy | 20 May 1944 (USA)
Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

Director:

Edward A. Blatt

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Sutton Vane (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Tom Prior
Paul Henreid ... Henry Bergner
Sydney Greenstreet ... Reverend Tim Thompson
Eleanor Parker ... Ann Bergner
Edmund Gwenn ... Scrubby
George Tobias ... Pete Musick
George Coulouris ... Mr. Lingley
Faye Emerson ... Miss Maxine Russell
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Midget
Dennis King ... Reverend William Duke
Isobel Elsom ... Genevieve Cliveden-Banks
Gilbert Emery ... Benjamin Cliveden-Banks
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Storyline

Several people are killed in a London air raid. They each awake aboard a strange ship which will deliver each of them either to heaven or hell. Their lives and stories are revealed as they individually begin to realize where they are. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They lived in the Shadow of Death! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outward Bound See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dudley Digges and Sydney Greenstreet each played Gutman in different versions of 'The Maltese Falcon'. Here Greenstreet plays Thompson, the part Digges played in the previous version 'Outward Bound'. See more »

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When the Bergners first arrive aboard the ship, the shadow of a klieg light can be seen on one of the double doors as they pass through. See more »

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Genevieve Cliveden-Banks: What would a woman like you be going to America for?
Mrs. Midget: My own affairs, ma'am. My reasons. Private.
Genevieve Cliveden-Banks: Do you know what I think, Mr. Lingley? I think the woman is an international adventuress. A spy.
Mrs. Midget: Oh, no, sir, it's not that. Don't believe a word of it, it's not true!
Mr. Lingley: It's all right. Go away! She doesn't mean it.
Mrs. Midget: Thank you, sir. I may not know the manners of Society, ma'am, and if they're such as yours, I do not want to. With such terse remarks, I shuts up, being sorry for anything I've said.
Genevieve Cliveden-Banks: ...
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Version of ITV Television Playhouse: Outward Bound (1956) See more »

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15 May 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Between Two Worlds was a 1944 remake of the 1930 Leslie Howard film, Outward Bound, which was a hit on Broadway. This allegorical tale about death was the perfect World War II film and boasted a super ensemble cast--each and every cast member is wonderful. The stars, John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Eleanor Parker, and Sydney Greenstreet, give top-notch performances, but the film also boasts high points in the careers of Isobel Elsom, Faye Emerson, Dennis King, Sara Allgood, Gilbert Emery, and Edmund Gwenn. Each actor gets a share of the spotlight as they slowly discover their fate and face the final judgment. Nicely directed with a good set, although the music picks up bits from Casablanca. Moody and yes maybe talky by today's standards, but very effective and moving. My favorite is haughty Isobel Elsom, the great British actress who came to Hollywood in the mid 30s, after being one of England's biggest silent-film stars. She has the role Alison Skipworth played in the 1930 version, but her imperious demeanor takes on a whole new meaning in 1944, set against the war. This is the kind of film that can't be made any more, and when film-makers try, their efforts sink from view very quickly. Powerful and touching film filled with great moments. This one is a must see.


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