Wasser Für Canitoga (1939)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 119 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Wasser Fur Canitoga (Water for Canitoga) is a duck-billed platypus of a film: a German-language western, filmed in Canada and designed as anti-British propaganda. Hans Albers, in 1939 Germany's most popular male actor, plays the rough-and-tumble hero. Falsely accused of sabotaging the system that pipes water to a remote Canadian outpost. The climax finds Albers struggling to save the subterranean piping machinery, at the cost of his own life. As he lies dying on the floor of the local saloon, his fellow miners strike up a soulful chorus of "Good-bye, Johnny!" This scene alone is worth the admission price of the slow-moving but undeniably compelling Wasser Fur Canitoga.



accusation, criminal, escape, espionage, false-accusation, frontiersman, martyrdom, mistaken-identity, railroad, sabotage, settler, water-rights