The Man Between

Synopsis: In post-World War II Berlin, the British Susanne Mallison travels to Berlin to visit her older brother Martin Mallison, a military who married German Bettina Mallison. The naive Susanne snoops on Bettina and suspects she is hiding a something from her brother. When Susanne meets Bettina with her friend Ivo Kern, he offers to show Berlin to her and they date. But Ivo meets the strange Halendar from the East Germany and Susanne takes a cab and return to her home alone. Then she dates Ivo again and he meets Olaf Kastner, who is a friend of Martin and Bettina. But soon Susanne, who has fallen in love with Ivo, learns that he was a former attorney married to Bettina but with a criminal past during the war. Now he is blackmailed by Halendar to kidnap Kastner and bring him back to the other side of the border. The plan fails and Halender asks his men to abduct Bettina to get Kastner. However, Susanne is kidnapped by mistake and is imprisoned in the basement of a house in East Berlin. Now Ivo
Director(s): Carol Reed
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
  1 win.
100 min

Thank you.

- How long do you stay in Berlin?

- Three weeks.

- How much money do you have?

- Four pounds.

- For three weeks?

I'm staying with my brother and

his wife; he should be here somewhere.

Thank you.

- Susanne?

- Bettina.

Hallo, Susanne. Welcome to Berlin.

- Martin was so sorry he couldn't get

here. - So wonderful to see you at last!

He had to be on duty at the hospital.

get your luggage

and we'll start for home.

They are refugees from the East.

You don't speak any German at all?

- What was that? - Nothing.

Money changer. East marks into West.

- l never imagined it like this. - I

wanted to show you something nice first.

They say first impressions last long.

This is the Brandenburger Tor.

It's the East-West frontier now.

- If you cross over there you are

in the East. - The Russian sector?

Don't expect it to be too exciting.

Quite a lot happens every day, but you

only learn it from the newspapers.

- This is near your home?

- Right here--there.

Some people like nothing but to gossip

all day. This is new to me, this style.

It's very attractive.

You think so? I'm still not sure.

I shall leave it to Martin.

So far it's been a week

and he hasn't even noticed it.

- But where is he? Your brother works

too hard. - He always did.

Don't look too closely. Some things

are old, others we have just bought.

- Have you lived here for long?

- Yes, yes, since I was a child.

It's a lot to look after, though.

This is your room in there.

You know, you look much younger

than in your photographs.

Ah, Martin promised to clear his clothes

away this morning before he left.

- Won't he mind being turned out

of his room? - No, no, of course not.

Before, we only had a view

of the houses opposite.

That was all built up--all the way

to the East-West frontier.

Over there.

- It's near, isn't it?

- Near enough.


- Martin! - Darling, I'm sorry

I couldn't get to the airport.

- l got held up at the last minute.

- Oh, that's alright, I managed--

- The plane must have got in

right on time. - Yes, it did!

How smart you look--and grown up, too!

- Thank you for asking me.

- So you found Bettina alright?

Well, we--we found each other.

- Hello, darling.

- Hello.

Did you have a good flight?

Oh, it was alright.

I was too excited to pay much attention.

- Did you leave everybody alright at

home? - Yes, they're fine; they all--

Oh, by the way, I've managed

to get this evening off.

We'll all go out somewhere.

Isn't it wonderful that

she's here at last?

Just the three of us together.

- Oh, what a fool! Look what I've done!

- Here, darling, take this.

No, no, I'll ask the lady

in the cloak-room.

I won't be a moment. Why don't you

dance with Susanne in the meantime?

Are you going to insist on dancing?

Not unless you're better

than you used to be.

Do you like it in Berlin?

If I hadn't come,

I shouldn't have met Bettina.

She's lovely, Martin.

Bettina says you work too hard.

Well, the last few weeks

have been a bit of a rush.

The army have lent me to help out at

a refugee camp.

There are one or two cases of typhoid

among the refugees.

I'm afraid I shall be glad when I can

get back to England and practice again.

We passed the Eastern sector today.

We didn't go in, of course--just drove.

- You can go in, you know.

- Really? I must before I go home.

I wouldn't go wondering in alone.

Oh, Susanne wants to see

the Eastern sector.

You'll take her across,

won't you, darling?

Of course, if she wants to see it.

But Martin, I have the most

terrible headache.

You don't mind if I leave you

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Harry Kurnitz

Harry Kurnitz (January 5, 1908 – March 18, 1968) was an American playwright, novelist, and prolific screenwriter who wrote swashbucklers for Errol Flynn and comedies for Danny Kaye. He also wrote some mystery fiction under the name Marco Page. more…

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