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The Red Danube Details

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One of the more palatable of Hollywood's anti-communist tracts of the late 1940s-early 1950s was MGM's The Red Danube. Janet Leigh plays Maria Buhlen, an Eastern Bloc ballerina who seeks political asylum in the British-occupied zone of Vienna. Maria's plight turns into a political tug-of-war involving a British colonel (Walter Pidgeon) and a Soviet colonel (Louis Calhern). Their ideological hagglings spill over into spiritualism, as represented by Mother Superior Ethel Barrymore, and romance, as personified by Maria's ardent suitor Major John McPhimister (Peter Lawford). Like earlier anti-Red cinematic exercises, The Red Danube failed to connect at the box office. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Walter Pidgeon
as Col. Michael "Jokey" Nicobar
Ethel Barrymore
as Mother Superior
Peter Lawford
as Maj. John "Twingo" McPhimister
Angela Lansbury
as Audrey Quail
Janet Leigh
as Maria Buhlen
Louis Calhern
as Col. Pinier
Melville Cooper
as Pvt. David Moonlight
Robert Coote
as Brig. C.M.V. Catlock
Alan Napier
as The General
Roman Toporow
as 2nd Lt. Maxim Omansky
Kasia Orzazewski
as Sister Kasmira
Konstantin Shayne
as Prof. Serge Bruloff
Janine Perreau
as "Mickey" Mouse
Argentina Brunetti
as Italian Woman
Richard Fraser
as Pilot
Kenneth Hunter
as Brigadier General
Henry Kulky
as Lieutenant
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Omicron
Audrey Long
as Countess Cressanti
Francis L. Sullivan
as Col. Humphrey "Blinker" Omicron
Tito Vuolo
as Italian Billposter
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Omicron
Henry Kulky
as Lieutenant
Richard Fraser
as Pilot
Kenneth Hunter
as Brigadier General
Argentina Brunetti
as Italian Woman
Francis L. Sullivan
as Col. Humphrey "Blinker" Omicron
Audrey Long
as Countess Cressanti

Crew

George Sidney
Director
Carey Wilson
Producer
Arthur Wimperis
Screenwriter
Gina Kaus
Screenwriter
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Hans Peters
Art Director
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
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