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    There must be a few films set in the Alps, it seemed to be popular in the post-war period.

    The first 2 that came to mind are:

    The Lady Vanishes
    All For Mary

    Do any include yodelling ?

  • #2
    Climbing High does, if I remember correctly.

    There's also The Challenge about Edward Whymper's attempt on the Matterhorn.

    The Secret Agent and The Man Who Knew Too Much from Hitchcock.

    All of these are pre-war.
    Last edited by Nick Dando; 26th February 2020, 07:32 PM.


    • #3
      And there is this curate's egg. The Alps appear only in parts, of course.


      • #4
        Snowbound (1948).


        • #5
          Assignment K
          On Her Majesty's Secret Service


          • #6
            What about The Challenge (1938) about Edward Whymper‘s conquest of The Matterhorn in 1865?

            Written by Emeric Pressburger shortly before he teamed up with Michael Powell.



            • #7
              Where Eagles Dare (1968) [UK|USA]



              Quoting IMDb: "Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on."

              Alpine! You want alpine...

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              • #8
                The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) [UK]



                Quoting IMDb: "James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed."

                Also according to the IMDb the opening ski sequence but not the jump off the mountain (you know - Bond's big red backpack that contained that 'British flag' parachute) was filmed at St. Moritz, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland (

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                Last edited by lazarus6; 27th February 2020, 01:12 AM.


                • #9
                  Oops - after posting this entry just realised that Mikey had already mentioned this film in an earlier post on this thread (Yesterday, 09:05 PM #5) so therefore just adding on to what he said:

                  On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) [UK]



                  Quoting IMDb: "James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world."

                  The mob boss is Draco and his headstrong daughter is Tracy.

                  This is the 6th. film in the "official" series and the first (and only) appearance of the Australian actor George Lazenby to play James Bond.

                  Most of this movie was filmed in alpine locations.

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                  The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn near Mürren in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland was used as Blofeld's 'clinical allergy-research institute'. (
                  Last edited by lazarus6; 27th February 2020, 07:23 AM.


                  • #10
                    Beautiful screengrabs to illustrate the movies Lazarus6, thanks for taking the time to do that.


                    • #11
                      The Trollenberg Terror set in the Swiss mountains, although I suspect it was all backdrops and stock footage.



                      • #12
                        The only one I know is The Lady Vanishes


                        • #13
                          The Abominable Snowman 1957.
                          Last edited by cassidy; 27th February 2020, 09:03 AM.


                          • #14
                            Let's not forget "The Glass Mountain", part of which is set in the Italian Alps.

                            (well, the Dolomites to be precise, but technically it seems that they're part of The Alps).
                            Last edited by narabdela; 27th February 2020, 09:03 AM.


                            • #15
                              The Italian Job (1969) [UK]



                              Quoting IMDb: "Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam."

                              The iconic role of Charlie Croker (played by Michael Caine) who plans this magnificent hist. Then there are the English 'godfather' Mr. Bridger (Noel Coward), the Italian 'godfather' Altabani (Raf Vallone) and for off-beat humour Professor Simon Peach (the one and only Benny Hill) who stand out among many others.

                              Three times alpine locations occur in this film - but just to be different - not in the middle of winter:


                              The Italian Job (1/10) Movie CLIP - Lamborghini Destroyed (1969) HD

                              The Italian mafia are about to stop (literally using a bulldozer in a tunnel) an English gangster (ironically driving a red Lamborghini Miura P400) who is planning a major hist on their turf.

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                              The Italian Job (4/10) Movie CLIP - Wrecking the Aston Martin (1969) HD

                              'Croker, Charlie Croker' he is NOT - but he would have to be driving a gunmetal grey Aston Martin that is getting the heave ho by a smiling "pretty car...paid for?" Altabani backed up by his henchmen when he unsuccessfully tries to stop the English crooks heading for Italy to carry out the hist.

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                              Cliffhanger - The Italian Job (10/10) Movie CLIP (1969) HD

                              The nerve racking hist and the escape past - time to relax - but in an instant the table gets tilted - literally. Talk about a real cliffhanger - playing see-saw with a bus, a bunch of very nervous crooks and a clump of heavy gold bars...a very fine balance indeed!
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                              Croker: "hang on a minute lads - I've got a great idea...uh...uh"

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                              So what happened to the sequel?
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