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36 Hours (1964)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 19 February 1965 (USA)
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Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

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George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (screenplay), Roald Dahl (story "Beware of the Dog") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Major Jefferson Pike
Eva Marie Saint ... Anna Hedler
Rod Taylor ... Major Walter Gerber
Werner Peters ... Otto Schack
John Banner ... Ernst
Russell Thorson ... General Allison
Alan Napier ... Colonel Peter MacLean
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Lt. Colonel Ostermann (as Oscar Beregi)
Ed Gilbert Ed Gilbert ... Captain Abbott
Sig Ruman ... German Guard
Celia Lovsky ... Elsa
Karl Held Karl Held ... Corporal Kenter
Martin Kosleck ... Kraatz
Marjorie Bennett ... Charwoman
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... German Soldier
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Storyline

In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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Taglines:

"Give Me Any American for 36 Hours And I'll Give You Back a Traitor" See more »

Genres:

Thriller | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Portuguese | French

Release Date:

19 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirty Six Hours See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Referenced in the 1990 film adaptation of Captain America. When Cap, World War 2 hero, wakes up in present day after being preserved in ice for decades, he suspects that he is being tricked like the protagonist of this film. See more »

Goofs

(1:24:16) One of the SS orderlies reports to Otto Schack calls him Gruppenführer, but it's been established that Schack is a Standartenführer. A few seconds later,the next orderly reports to Schack and gets the rank right. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Ernst: [Pike and Anna are asleep in Else's basement, when a torch light shines on their faces and wakes them. Standing there - in an ill-fitting uniform is Ernst ]
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Sgt. Ernst: . Though Ernst seems OK, something about him is updating Pike] Something wrong?
Maj. Jefferson F. Pike: [Speaking softly] Well, nothing, it's
[clears his throat]
Maj. Jefferson F. Pike: ... it's just your uniform. Y-you really an army sargent?
Sgt. Ernst: Regular army, no.
[Dejected-sounding]
Sgt. Ernst: I'm to old. Too fat. 'Home guard'.
[Happy-sounding]
[...]
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Referenced in Stargate SG-1: Out of Mind (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mairzy Doats
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Livingston
Lyrics by Milton Drake and Al Hoffman
Sung by a vocal group on the radio
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Give Me 36 Hours and I'll Give You a Traitor!
22 May 2005 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite WW II movies. It's tag line was GIVE ME THIRTY SIX HOURS and I'll give you a traitor. D-Day is upon the Germans defending The Atlantic Wall. The US is about to launch a colossal invasion force on the European continent, but where will the blow strike? To be sure German agents kidnap American Major Pike (James Garner) from neutral Spain and send him deep into Germany where they've set up a Ptomekin village, a US post in an occupied Germany sometime five years hence. The psychologist an American born German serving in the Wehrmacht is to persuade captured Pike that Pike has been suffering from amnesia for five years and has now recovered his long term memory at the cost of losing his recent memory. The setting is idyllic and the gilted cage is cozy, replete with a faux-wife.

Will Pike see through the German plot? A must see unusually well done spy story.


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