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Directed by Anthony Asquith, this is a tense British study of submarine warfare. A determined crew pursues a Nazi battleship across the Baltic... Cast & crew added. UK Dvd Gallery added.

49th Parallel Dvd



  • Actors: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier
  • Director: Michael Powell
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1

    • Classification: U
    • Studio: ITV DVD
    • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
    • Run Time: 117 minutes

    DVD Features:

    • Main Language: English

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  • This is an important and effective propaganda film. Picture started in April 1940 and took 18 months to complete. The British Government invested over $100,000 in the venture.

The locales depict Canadian life from an Eskimo village to a Hutterite settlement in the Canadian wheatfields. Story is the strongest possible indictment against Nazism. Plot concerns six Nazi U-boat men whose craft is blown up in the Hudson Bay straits. They reach land and commit every sort of crime up to murder in their efforts to reach the neutral territory of the US. The script of Emeric Pressburger (from a scenario by him and Rodney Ackland) is direct and forceful.

The stars are Leslie Howard, with his comedy gifts at high tide; Laurence Olivier (near the start and briefly, thank goodness, for he is hammy and almost ruins the picture), Raymond Massey (also a bit part, but outstanding as he was in almost everything he appeared in); Eric Portman (sinister as sinister can be, the best thing in it, and whose performance holds the whole film together like glue); and Anton Walbrook, as a dignified Hitlerite leader. What an actor and one that time has nearly and sadly forgot.

Despite the heartbreaking difficulties encountered such as the defection of Elizabeth Bergner after the picture was well on its way, Michael Powell, the director, has managed to maintain his stature among the top directors.



  • 1942: Best original Story
  • Nominations: Best Picture, Screenplay




    In credits order

  • Richard George ... Kommandant Bernsdorff
  • Eric Portman ... Lieutenant Hirth
  • Raymond Lovell ... Lieutenant Kuhnecke
  • Niall MacGinnis ... Vogel
  • Peter Moore ... Kranz
  • John Chandos ... Lohrmann
  • Basil Appleby ... Jahner

  • Laurence Olivier ... Johnnie - the Trapper
  • Finlay Currie ... The Factor
  • Ley On ... Nick - the Eskimo
  • Anton Walbrook ... Peter
  • Glynis Johns ... Anna
  • Charles Victor ... Andreas
  • Frederick Piper ... David
  • Leslie Howard ... Philip Armstrong Scott
  • Tawera Moana ... George - the Indian
  • Eric Clavering ... Art
  • Charles Rolfe ... Bob
  • Raymond Massey ... Andy Brock
  • Theodore Salt ... A United States Customs Officer
  • O.W. Fonger ... A United States Customs Officer
    • rest of cast listed alphabetically:
  • Robert Beatty ... RCMP 'Mountie' in Alberta (voice)
  • Eric Berry ... Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
  • Gron Davies ... Officer on Submarine (uncredited)
  • Leslie Falardeau ... Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
  • Lionel Grose ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
  • Jack Hynes ... Aviator on Seaplane (uncredited)
  • Stuart Latham ... Second Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)
  • Vincent Massey ... Prologue Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
  • Percy Parsons ... Hi-Jacked Canadian Motorist (uncredited)


  • Michael Powell .... producer
  • George H. Brown .... associate producer (uncredited)
  • Roland Gillett .... associate producer (uncredited)
  • John Sutro .... producer (uncredited)

    Original Music by

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Cinematography by

  • Freddie Young (director of photography) (as Frederick Young)

    Film Editing by

  • David Lean

    Art Direction by

  • David Rawnsley

    Makeup Department

  • George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)

    Production Management

  • Harold Boxall .... executive in charge of production
  • George H. Brown .... associate in charge of production (as George Brown)
  • Roland Gillett .... associate in charge of production
  • John Sutro .... production manager (uncredited)

    Art Department

  • Frederick Pusey .... associate art director
  • Sydney Streeter .... associate art director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
  • Peter Cushing .... props (uncredited)

    Sound Department

  • Walter Darling .... sound recordist
  • C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
  • A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor
  • Dex Harrison .... sound engineer (uncredited)

    Camera and Electrical Department

  • Henty Henty-Creer .... camera operator
  • Skeets Kelly .... camera operator
  • Jim Body .... clapper boy (uncredited)
  • Leslie Falardeau .... camera grip (uncredited)
  • Jack Hynes .... still photographer (uncredited)
  • David Mason .... assistant camera (uncredited)
  • Oscar Paulin .... camera grip (uncredited)

    Editorial Department

  • Hugh Stewart .... associate editor

    Music Department

  • Muir Mathieson .... musical director
  • Phyllis Sellick .... musician: piano, Philip Armstrong Scott segment, on radio (uncredited)

    Other crew

  • Osmond Borradaile .... special backgrounds
  • Nugent M. Clougher .... advisor: Canada
  • Arthur Seabourne .... associate director (as A. Seabourne)
  • John Sutro .... managing director: Ortus Films
  • Abraham Bloomfield .... interpreter: Eskimo (uncredited)
  • Betty Curtis .... continuity (uncredited)
  • Betty Curtis .... production secretary (uncredited)
  • Captain Halfyard .... master of "The Continent" (uncredited)
  • Bill Paton .... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
  • Bill Paton .... double: Leslie Howard, Lake O'Hara (uncredited)

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