Paul Lukas won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a German underground leader chased by the Nazis from his homeland to America. Bette Davis co-stars as his wife, and together the pair discovers how far the Nazis reach is, as their new life in Washington, D.C., is threatened by such figures as a shady blackmailer.
Returned to the home of her Washingtonian mother (Lucile Watson) and brother (Donald Woods) after 18 years abroad, Sara (Bette Davis) tries to explain how she and German husband Kurt (Paul Lukas), whom she's just introduced, have been getting by, in Watch On The Rhine, 1943.
Hosted by her mother (Lucile Watson) in Washington, just-returned ex-pat Sara (Bette Davis) and her German anti-fascist husband Kurt (Paul Lukas) suddenly have reason to suspect the Romanian diplomat house guest (George Coulouris), in Watch On The Rhine, 1943, from the Lillian Hellman play.
The opening, from Dashiell Hammett's screenplay based on Lillian Hellman's play, Bette Davis as ex-pat Sara, with German husband Kurt (Paul Lukas) and kids (Donald Buka, Eric Roberts, Janis Wilson), entering the wartime U.S.A from Mexico, in Watch On The Rhine, 1943.
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Bette Davis and Paul Lukas star in this multiple Academy Award-nominated drama based on Lillian Hellman's daring play as adapted by the acclaimed Dashiell Hammett. As war threatens 1930s Europe, tireless anti-fascist crusader Kurt Muller (Lukas) keeps his underground activities a secret from his wife's (Davis) Washington, D.C., society mother and the other guests at her house, but a Rumanian aristocrat blackmails him, forcing Muller to kill him and flee back to Europe. Many critics hail Lukas's performance as one of the greatest in film history. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film was nominated for Best Picture (losing only to Casablanca), Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lucile Watson), and Best Writing, Screenplay.
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