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Margin for Error

Margin for Error(1943)

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Brief Synopsis

It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein (Milton Berle) is given the duty of guarding the German consulate ran by Karl Baumer (Otto Preminger); neither Moe nor Baumer are too happy with this turn of events. Moe, however, quickly becomes fiends with the other residents of the consulate: Sophie Baumer (Joan Bennett), the consul's wife; the secretary Baron Max Von Alvenstor (Carl Esmond); and a pretty maid named Freida (Poldi Dur as Poldy Dur.)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 represents, 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 (Ted North, Elmer Jack Semple and J. Norton Dunn) and the insistence they be given the funds to finance their project stirs consulate affairs even further.

Cast & Crew

Otto Preminger Director
Joan Bennett Sophie Baumer
Milton Berle Moe Finkelstein
Otto Preminger Karl Baumer
Charles Esmond Max von Alvenstor
Howard Freeman Otto Horst
Poldy Dur Frieda
Clyde Fillmore Dr. Jennings
Ferike Boros Mrs. Finkelstein
Joseph Kirk Officer Solomon
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1943 Production Date:  MoMA
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  74 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  6,686    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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