There were many anti-fascist propaganda films in the 40s. Most of them are exactly that, cautionary tales, propaganda that fail to be any more or less complex than old “duck and cover” cartoons from the post war 50s. But there were a few that were able to rise above the rest with complex stories and characterization that allowed them to break free from the confines of the genre. One of these was 1943’s Watch On The Rhine, starring Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Lucile Watson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Beulah Bondi and George Coulouris.
|From Left to Right: George Coulouris, Donald Woods, Lucile Watson, Davis and Lukas|
|Bette Davis in Watch On The Rhine|
|Lucile Watson in Watch On The Rhine|
|Bogart isn't happy about losing the Oscar to Paul Lukas|
Watch On The Rhine is showing on Turner Classic Movies on Friday, December 14th at 3:45 PM Eastern Time. As always, check your local listings.