The White Tower

Film

Action and adventure

 

Time Out says

Against a daunting Swiss mountain, pit an ill-assorted bunch of climbers: gruff guide (Homolka), diffident Yank (Ford), ex-Hitler Youth member (Bridges), alcoholic writer (Rains), English no-hoper (Hardwicke), and a woman trying to live up to her father's reputation (Valli). Then watch the mountain polarise their characters; the uncommitted find true grit, the weak go to the wall, and blond Teutons who rely on the 'Will to Power' tend to flake off and die. Even the heroine forsakes the summit for true love on the south col, and Glenn Ford becomes as obsessed as he was in Gilda, except that here it's a rock pile rather than Rita Hayworth. Can you take a Freudian Eiger Sanction? Come to that, has there ever been a great mountain movie?
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Release details

UK release:

1950

Duration:

98 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Cast:

Cedric Hardwicke, Oscar Homolka, Alida Valli, Claude Rains, Glenn Ford, Lloyd Bridges

Music:

Roy Webb

Art Director:

Ralph Berger, Albert S D'Agostino

Editor:

Samuel E Beetley

Cinematography:

Ray Rennahan

Screenwriter:

Paul Jarrico

Producer:

Sid Rogell

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