Hitler - Beast of Berlin (1939)

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Hans Memling, a young intellectual, patriotic German, is secretly opposed to the Nazi regime. With the aid of Gustav Schultz, Father Pommer, Anna Wahl and others, he is gleaning accurate ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steffi Duna ...
Elsa Memling
Greta Granstedt ...
Anna Wahl
Karl Bach (as Allan Ladd)
Lucien Prival ...
Vernon Dent ...
Lustig (Beer Garden Bartender)
John Ellis ...
Gustav Schultz
Bodil Rosing ...
Frau Kohler
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ...
Storm Trooper Albert Stalhelm (as Hans von Twardowski)
Willy Kaufman ...
Herr Kohler (as Willie Kaufman)
Hans Joby ...
Hermann Lippert
Frederick Giermann ...
Father Pommer
Crane Whitley ...
Klee (as Clem Wilenchick)
Henry Zynda ...
Erlich (as Henry von Zynda)


Hans Memling, a young intellectual, patriotic German, is secretly opposed to the Nazi regime. With the aid of Gustav Schultz, Father Pommer, Anna Wahl and others, he is gleaning accurate information from foreign radio broadcasts and distributing it through Germany with an underground-press operation. He convinces his brother-in-law Karl Bach, the brother of his wife Elsa, that Hitler is leading Germany toward a second world war. Karl, in love with Anna, joins the movement, determined to restore German culture and save the people from the brutality of the Storm Troopers and the Gestapo. The group has an inside link through Albert Stalhelm, a Storm Trooper and one of Hitler's Elite Guards. Albert is sickened by the brutalities he sees and wants to resign and flee Germany, but Hans persuades him to remain until they can find a replacement. He agrees, but warns the group that he is forced to join in the Nazi orgies and liquor loosens his tongue. Elsa is about to have a baby and lives in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War






Release Date:

8 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beasts of Berlin  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Richmond, Virginia, Thursday, November 9, 1939: The Virginia State Board of Censorship has given its approval of the film, "Hitler - Beast of Berlin," to be shown in this state. The decision was made after three days of deliberation and after the board had screened it twice. New York City, Thursday, November 9, 1939: "Hitler - Beast of Berlin," controversial film being distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation, has been passed by the National Board of Review and given a Mature-Audience rating, it was learned yesterday. Hollywood, California, Thursday, Noverber 9, 1939: "Hitler - Beast of Berlin," has been booked by the Wilmer & Vincent circuit in the following Pennsylvania cities: Altoona, Johnstown, Harrisburg, Easton, Reading, Allentown, and in Norfork and Richmond, Virginia. Detroit, Michigan, Thursday, November 9, 1939: Police Sergeant Charles W. Snyder, Detroit police censor, has okayed "Hitler - Beast of Berlin" for exhibition in Detroit. See more »


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Early Propaganda
6 November 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Although there had been anti-Nazi propaganda films released before this, all the way back to LITTLE MAN WHAT NOW, this set new records for anti-Nazi propaganda, so much so that it was banned in New York and recut.

How is it as a movie? Well, it's a PRC production, which means that it's done on the cheap and lacks any signs of subtlety. It's of interest these days as an early example of propaganda and an early credited role for Alan Ladd.

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