Margin For Error

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

An adaptation of the popular Broadway hit, this film didn't take to the screen as well as expected. The spoof features Preminger as a German consul prior to WW II, guarded by Jewish police officers. Bennett is the consul's wife, which she remains only to keep her father in Czechoslovakia free from harm. Esmond is the assistant, forced into taking the rap...read more

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An adaptation of the popular Broadway hit, this film didn't take to the screen as well as expected. The spoof features Preminger as a German consul prior to WW II, guarded by Jewish police officers. Bennett is the consul's wife, which she remains only to keep her father in Czechoslovakia

free from harm. Esmond is the assistant, forced into taking the rap for Preminger's illegal use of funds, and Freeman is an aide in the process of getting the brush-off. When Preminger turns up dead from a gunshot wound, stabbing, and poison, Berle, who plays a policeman, determines that the cause

is suicide. The story is told in flashback by Berle as he's on a boat, going overseas to fight in WW II. The script manages to garner a few well-placed laughs, but the dialog is better suited for the stage. Further harm is done by Preminger's heavy-handed direction, not at all appropriate for a

film of this nature. Performances are of varied quality.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An adaptation of the popular Broadway hit, this film didn't take to the screen as well as expected. The spoof features Preminger as a German consul prior to WW II, guarded by Jewish police officers. Bennett is the consul's wife, which she remains only to k… (more)

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