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The Glass Wall (1953)

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82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Peter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to legal entry in the United States. It is a race ...See morePeter, a WW II 'displaced person' about to be deported jumps ship in New York harbor in an effort to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war and can prove Peter's right to legal entry in the United States. It is a race against time for if he can't Tom within 24 hours and prove his case, he will be branded a fugitive and will be permanently disqualified for U.S. citizenship. His quest leads him to befriending Maggie, a down-on-her-luck factory worker whom he rejuvenates through his good faith; a visit to a jazz club where Shorty Rogers and his band and trombonist Jack Teagarden are playing, and an interlude with a good- hearted burlesque dancer, Tanya Zakoyla, takes him to her mother's home for food and rest. The climax comes at dawn in the United Nations building (the "glass wall" of the title) where he goes to plead his case and that of all displaced persons. Written by Les Adams See less
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Ivan Tors (screenplay) | Maxwell Shane (screenplay)
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Mar 20, 1953 (United States)
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Vittorio Gassman
Peter Kaban Peter Kaban   See fewer
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Gloria Grahame
Maggie Summers Maggie Summers   See fewer
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Douglas Spencer
Inspector Bailey Inspector Bailey   See fewer
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Robin Raymond
Tanya aka Bella Zakoyla Tanya aka Bella Zakoyla   See fewer
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Elizabeth Slifer
Mrs. Hinckley - Landlady Mrs. Hinckley - Landlady   See fewer
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Richard Reeves
Eddie Hinckley Eddie Hinckley   See fewer
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Joe Turkel
Freddie Zakoyla (as Joseph Turkel) Freddie Zakoyla (as Joseph Turkel)   See fewer
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Else Bäck
Mrs. Zakoyla (as Else Neft) Mrs. Zakoyla (as Else Neft)   See fewer
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Michael Fox
Inspector Toomey / Narrator Inspector Toomey / Narrator   See fewer
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Nesdon Booth
Monroe - Taxi Driver (as Ned Booth) Monroe - Taxi Driver (as Ned Booth)   See fewer
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Kathleen Freeman
Zelda - Fat Woman Zelda - Fat Woman   See fewer
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Juney Ellis
Girl friend Girl friend   See fewer
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Jack Teagarden
Musician Musician   See fewer
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Shorty Rogers
Himself - Band Leader Himself - Band Leader   See fewer
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Richard Collier
Giggling Man in Arcade (uncredited) Giggling Man in Arcade (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sayre Dearing
Nightclub Extra (uncredited) Nightclub Extra (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roy Engel
Police News Broadcaster (uncredited) Police News Broadcaster (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Finn
Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alvin Freeman
Street Dancer (uncredited) Street Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenner G. Kemp
Dock Inspector (uncredited) Dock Inspector (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lou Krugman
Club Manager (uncredited) Club Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joseph Mell
Musician in Men's Room (uncredited) Musician in Men's Room (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mills
Taxi Driver's Pal (uncredited) Taxi Driver's Pal (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Monda
Louis - Street Dancer (uncredited) Louis - Street Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Neumann
Zelda's Friend (uncredited) Zelda's Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barney Phillips
Police Lieutenant Reeves (uncredited) Police Lieutenant Reeves (uncredited)   See fewer
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'Snub' Pollard
Man in Alley with Tall Showgirl (uncredited) Man in Alley with Tall Showgirl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Valerie Vernon
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 525 votes