The White Tower (24-Jun-1950)|
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Writer: Paul Jarrico
From novel: The White Tower by James Ramsey Ullman
Music by: Roy Webb
Producer: Sid Rogell
Keywords: Action/Adventure, Mountain Climbing
Review by anonymous (posted on 11-Feb-2007)
This is a very fine post WW II film. Heavy on characterization, etc. with a good cast led by Glenn Ford and Claude Rains. The sleeper in the film is Lloyd Bridges playing an unrepentant ex-Nazi who wants the honor of the first ascent of the mountain to go to him as a member of the Aryan superior race. Glenn Ford is an American who can keep up with him and lacks his Teutonic arrogance. Ford has a great line when he recognizes Bridges is a former Nazi because the hat he wears has the Nazi eagle - he says something to the effect that "Don't you guys ever give up". Bridges' arrogance gets him into fatal trouble and Ford prevails. But then Ford must be rescued by the rest of the climbing group because he develops snow-blindness. For mountain climbing this is "old tech" but it is a good film - a small gem. The Nazi aspect comes in very late in the film but a very young Lloyd Bridges does very well.
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