36 Hours

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Released 1965

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Director:
George Seaton
Released:
1965
Rating:
PG
36 Hours is a 1965 thriller directed by George Seaton. During World War II, Jefferson Pike is a U.S. major (James Garner) who has been sent on a simple mission. On the way from London to Lisbon, Pike is supposed to meet with a double agent to confirm the military's plans. Before he even knows what is happening, however, Pike wakes up in a completely different world. It appears that he is in a hospital, and when he looks in the mirror, he is shocked to see that his hair is turning gray. Pike's psychiatrist, Walter Gerber (Rod Taylor), tries to comfort the distraught major. He explains that it is now 1950 and the war is over, although Pike has been experiencing frequent memory loss and spells of confusion ever since he sustained injuries in 1944. Gerber promises that they will start on treatment right away, but in the meantime, Pike has to try to adjust to this strange new life. He even has a wife, beautiful Ana Hedler (Eva Marie Saint). As the days wear on, however, Pike starts to suspect that not everything is as it seems.moreless

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    • This film claims to be based on Roald Dahl's four-page short story Beware Of The Dog, but also credits a "screen story" by Luis H. Vance and Carl K. Hittleman. According to Dahl's biographer, Graham Sturrock, the latter was written independently of Dahl's tale and without knowledge of it; the writer only found out about the film when his then wife Patricia Neal was offered the female lead. His lawyers pointed out the similarity to the MGM story department and indicated that he might sue them over it; the studio immediately bought the film rights to Beware Of The Dog for a considerable sum. Patricia Neal didn't appear in the finished film.

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Military & War