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Margin for Error (1943)

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74 min | Comedy, Drama, War

It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate run by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer is too happy with this turn of events. Moe, however, quickly becomes ...See moreIt is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein is given the duty of guarding the German consulate run by Karl Baumer; neither Moe nor Baumer is too happy with this turn of events. Moe, however, quickly becomes friends with the other residents of the consulate: Sophie Baumer, the consul's wife; the secretary, Baron Max Von Alvenstor; and a pretty maid named Frieda. Moe senses an underlying tension that is not entirely accounted for by the gathering clouds of war. The gambling-loving Baumer has lost a large sum of money belonging to the German government, Sophie has learned to hate her husband and what he stands for, and Baron Max has fallen in love with her. Max confronts Baumer with the discrepancy in the consulate's funds, and Baumer threatens to inform Berlin that one of Max's grandparents was not "Aryan." The arrival of a group of Nazi saboteurs and the insistence they be given the funds to finance their project stirs consulate affairs even further. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Clare Boothe Luce (play "Margin For Error") (as Clare Boothe) | Lillie Hayward (screenplay) (as Lillian Hayward)
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Louis R. Loeffler (as Louis Loeffler)
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Release date
Feb 10, 1943 (United States)

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40 cast members
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Joan Bennett
Sophia Baumer Sophia Baumer   See fewer
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Milton Berle
Moe Finkelstein Moe Finkelstein   See fewer
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Otto Preminger
Karl Baumer Karl Baumer   See fewer
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Carl Esmond
Baron Max von Alvenstor (as Charles Esmond) Baron Max von Alvenstor (as Charles Esmond)   See fewer
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Howard Freeman
Otto Horst Otto Horst   See fewer
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Liesl Handl
Frieda (as Poldy Dur) Frieda (as Poldy Dur)   See fewer
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Clyde Fillmore
Dr. Jennings Dr. Jennings   See fewer
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Ludwig Donath
Hitler's Voice (as Louis Donath) Hitler's Voice (as Louis Donath)   See fewer
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Ferike Boros
Mrs. Finkelstein (uncredited) Mrs. Finkelstein (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gary Breckner
American Announcer (uncredited) American Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Byrd
Pete - Dice-Playing Soldier (uncredited) Pete - Dice-Playing Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Cherrington
Dowager (uncredited) Dowager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Dillaway
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Douglas
Policeman at Front Desk (uncredited) Policeman at Front Desk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Dunn
Desk Sergeant (uncredited) Desk Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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J. Norton Dunn
Saboteur (uncredited) Saboteur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Byron Foulger
Drug Store Clerk (uncredited) Drug Store Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Constant Franke
Gambler (uncredited) Gambler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick French
Photographer (uncredited) Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gordon
Private (uncredited) Private (uncredited)   See fewer
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David S. Horsley
Jacoby (uncredited) Jacoby (uncredited)   See fewer
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Selmer Jackson
Coroner (uncredited) Coroner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Kirk
Officer Solomon (uncredited) Officer Solomon (uncredited)   See fewer
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Perc Launders
Drugstore Soda Jerk (uncredited) Drugstore Soda Jerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carl M. Leviness
Dowager's Escort (uncredited) Dowager's Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward McNamara
Police Capt. Mulrooney (uncredited) Police Capt. Mulrooney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart
Soldier (uncredited) Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Moorhouse
Roulette Croupier (uncredited) Roulette Croupier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Nixon
Soldier (uncredited) Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ted North
Saboteur (uncredited) Saboteur (uncredited)   See fewer
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William H. O'Brien
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cyril Ring
Drugstore Clerk (uncredited) Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barney Ruditsky
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hans Schumm
Karl Müller (uncredited) Karl Müller (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Seidel
Soldier (uncredited) Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Semple
Saboteur (uncredited) Saboteur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emmett Vogan
Fingerprint Expert (uncredited) Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Fritz - Butler (uncredited) Fritz - Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Wald
American Announcer (uncredited) American Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wolfgang Zilzer
Bit Part (uncredited) Bit Part (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 192 votes