Decision Before Dawn

Decision Before Dawn

Director: Anatole Litvak Cast: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner

DVD (Full Frame)

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With the Third Reich disintegrating, several members of the German army are defecting to the Americans and offering their services as spies. US officer Gary Merrill trusts none of these last-minute "converts," but German prisoner Oskar Werner seems to be sincere. Werner insists that by helping the Americans, he is saving Germany from destruction. Merrill sends Werner behind enemy lines for counter-espionage with an American officer (Richard Basehart), who still isn't convinced that the German expatriate means what he says. At several critical junctures, it seems as though Werner had been lying about his mission, but at the last moment he saves Basehart's life at the cost of his own...but was this act of bravery intentional? A thoughtful World War II drama, Decision Before Dawn was filmed on location in Europe. Watch for a young and sickly-looking Klaus Kinski as an overeager defector.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
UPC: 0024543238812
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 36,078

Special Features

Fox movietone news clip; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Basehart Lt. Rennick
Gary Merrill Col. Devlin
Oskar Werner Happy
Hildegarde Neff Hilde
Dominique Blanchar Monique
O.E. Hasse Oberst Von Ecker
Hans-Christian Blech Tiger
Wilfried Seyferth S.S. Man Scholtz
Helene Thimig Fraulein Schneider
George Tyne Sgt. Griffin
Eva Marie Andres Flak Girl
Arno Assmann Ernst
Ruth Brandt Woman Driver
Jochen Diestelmann Actor
Erich Ebert Freddy
Loni Heuser Fritzi
Klaus Kinski Whining Soldier
Liselotte Kirschbaum Flak Girl
Walter Ladengast Deserter
Adolph Lodel Kurt
Peter Luhr V. Schirmeck
Karl Malden Actor
Arnulf Schroeder Old PW
Harald Wolff Hartmann
Otto Friebel Clerk
Erik Jelde Actor
Werner Fuetterer von Bulow
Harold Benedict Lieutenant Gevers
Walter Janssen Fiedl
Robert Freitag Paul

Technical Credits
Anatole Litvak Director,Producer
Frank McCarthy Producer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Ludwig Reiber Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Peter Viertel Screenwriter
Franz Waxman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Decision Before Dawn
1. Main Titles [2:04]
2. New Outfit [7:33]
3. Volunteers [4:46]
4. Pushed Out of a Window [1:47]
5. Tourist Mission [5:30]
6. Code Name: Happy [1:49]
7. The Damned [2:34]
8. Top Secret [4:14]
9. Ready to Roll [1:03]
10. Smooth Passage [6:57]
11. A Friendly Face [7:03]
12. Fritzi's [:38]
13. Fair Warning [2:49]
14. Medic [2:13]
15. Gestapo Agent [:50]
16. Making a Run for It [6:28]
17. Too Much of a Risk [6:45]
18. Last Chance [5:44]
19. Crosssing the River [4:33]
20. So Long [4:45]

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Decision Before Dawn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AuldMunro More than 1 year ago
excellent spy drama filmed on location in Germany after WWII