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S.O.S. Iceberg (1933)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 10 January 1934 (Sweden)
In a departure from the trademark Alpine settings of Arnold Fanck's Bergfilme ("Mountain Films"), S.O.S. ICEBERG (S.O.S. EISBERG) takes place off the coast of Greenland, where an explorer, ... See full summary »

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Tay Garnett

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Arnold Fanck (story), Edwin H. Knopf (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Rod La Rocque ... Dr. Carl Lawrence
Leni Riefenstahl ... Ellen Lawrence
Sepp Rist Sepp Rist ... Dr. Johannes Brand
Gibson Gowland ... John Dragan
Max Holzboer Max Holzboer ... Dr. Jan Matushek
Walter Riml Walter Riml ... Fritz Kuemmel
Ernst Udet Ernst Udet ... Himself
Nakinak Nakinak ... Nakinak - the Eskimo dog
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In a departure from the trademark Alpine settings of Arnold Fanck's Bergfilme ("Mountain Films"), S.O.S. ICEBERG (S.O.S. EISBERG) takes place off the coast of Greenland, where an explorer, Karl Lorenz (Gustav Diessl), is stranded on a steadily-eroding iceberg. A rescue crew, led by the heroic Johannes Krafft (Sepp Rist), reaches Prof. Lorenz, but also becomes stranded, as does Mrs. Lorenz (Leni Riefenstahl), who crashes her plane while trying to land in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Surrounded by polar bears on their shrinking iceberg, the explorer and his would-be rescuers battle the elements, and each other, while waiting for a miracle.

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Adventure | Drama

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Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1934 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

S.O.S. Isberg See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film, in English, and S.O.S. Eisberg (1933), in German, were filmed simultaneously by Universal. The rise of the Nazi party in Germany brought an end to U.S. and German co-productions such as these films. See more »

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Remarkable Arctic Photography.Dismal Plot and Acting
28 December 2016 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Dashing explorer Rod LaRoque, married to dashing aviatrix Leni Riefenstahl, gets stuck on an iceberg floating out to sea. Leni crashes her plane on that same iceberg, so she gets stuck too. Will the radio message "SOS ICEBERG" bring anyone to save them, or will they die of arctic cold and Luke-warm plot?

Well, this one is odd, and not worth much of an effort, despite some breathtaking visuals. The plot, involving some reckless and stupid arctic adventurers, a series of poor decisions, and a wanton disregard for wearing gloves in cold weather, makes it impossible to care much about the fix these dingbats are in. And the last scene, involving a five mile hike/swim to an Eskimo village, is too absurd to deal with without giggling. If I am going to suspend my disbelief willingly, I need something to hold onto, and could not find it here.

This is the only movie you'll find where Leni Riefenstahl speaks English. She doesn't say much, and her acting isn't too embarrassing. One imagines an alternate history where she makes a big splash (among other things, she is a looker), and stays in the US, and doesn't make Triumph of the Will. Problem is, this movie was never fated to make anyone a star. The only person who makes any attempt at stealing the film is Gibson Gowland (from Greed), whose hirsute villainy is more repellent than attractive.


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