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What movie from the 1960s or 1970s had a scene with a boat crossing a harbor with a coughing person choking to death as he tried to be quiet and not give away their presence? I only remember this part of one scene from my childhood days and would like to learn what movie it was. Possibly black and white movie.

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I don't remember the name, but if it's the movie I'm thinking of I might have more detail. Does this sound familiar? The coughing man is not the protagonist, but a dying Jewish man also trying to escape the Nazis. The boat is boarded by Norwegian authorities who find the man's jacket that has obviously had a Star of David torn off of it. The Norwegians are sympathetic, and let the boat continue on instead of searching it further. –  Will Feldman Oct 19 '13 at 16:09
    
Thank you for the quick and informative reply. I will keep trying to remember details... this has been on my mind for years! –  Eddie Oct 19 '13 at 22:44
    
reminds me of the last episode of M*A*S*H –  AShelly Oct 24 '13 at 1:09
    
It was so sad. I didn't put in another sad event... in case people want to watch it –  user6385 Oct 28 '13 at 12:03
    
@AShelly with the woman with the chicken (aka) baby on the bus?? –  user6385 Oct 30 '13 at 10:38
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I saw this movie and it's guttingly sad, made in 1962.

Yes the Jewish man is being smuggled on a fishing boat, the man is very sick, with some type of consumptive illness and is very congested, thin, frail and pale. He has a continuous, racking cough.

The German soldiers come on board to inspect the boat. There is an extremely tense moment when the young soldier who goes below, where the man is hidden, sees the man's shoe (? I can't quite remember, but he sees something that shows they are hiding another person on the boat). The young soldier shows compassion and pretends he doesn't see it and they leave the boat. The relief is palpable.

When they remove the paneling hiding the sick Jewish man, they find him dead with his handkerchief stuffed in his mouth, to keep himself from coughing and alerting the German soldiers that he was there. Making the shock and grief of his death even worse. As with the person I quote from below, I too believed the man had suffocated, rather than choked. This difference makes the online search easier to find the movie.

A brilliant movie, taking viewers on an emotional journey. Have a box of tissues handy.

The Counterfeit Traitor

Starring William Holden
Director George Seaton
Based on a book by Alexander Klein

The two most touching scenes were during his escape. First, was when the fishing boat that was smuggling him out was stopped by a nazi patrol boat, a jewish refugee with him who was sick and coughing suffocated himself so as not to expose their hiding space.

Quote from Rotten Tomatoes

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Great answer, +1 –  Nobby Oct 28 '13 at 13:07
    
@Nobby thanks :) a great movie cheers –  user6385 Oct 28 '13 at 13:10
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