Man Hunt (1941)

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British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Jones
Ludwig Stössel ...
Doctor (as Ludwig Stossell)
Heather Thatcher ...
Lady Alice Risborough
Frederick Worlock ...
Lord Gerald Risborough
Roger Imhof ...
Captain Jensen
Egon Brecher ...
Lester Matthews ...
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British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

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Release Date:

27 November 1941 (Mexico)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was one of several films mentioned in the September 1941 Senate subcommittee hearings on Propaganda in Motion Pictures, where isolationist senators Nye, Clark and Wheeler attacked Hollywood for "war-mongering." Senator Nye, who testified before the committee, had not seen most of the films mentioned. The subcommittee did not reconvene after September due to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December. The featurette included on the 2009 DVD release contends that the making of war-mongering films would be a violation of the Neutrality Act, which focused on restricting arms sales to belligerent nations, regardless of their status of aggressor or defender. See more »


As Thorndike is being chased through ye olde London town, and we know it is London because some pearly kings (with the sort of execrable cockney accents that Dick Van Dyke would later utilise) pass him in a cobbled and foggy street. The pub in the back ground has batwing doors of the sort found in western saloons in the US. No pub in Great Britain has doors like that. They have proper doorways that keep the rain, fog, snow and general misery, out. See more »


[last lines]
Announcer: And from now on, somewhere in Germany is a man with a precision rifle and the high degree of intelligence and training that is required to use it. It may be days, months or even years, but this time he clearly knows his purpose and, unflinching, faces his destiny.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »


She Was Poor but She Was Honest
Music by R.P. Weston
Lyrics by Bert Lee
Sung by the street singers
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Great film even after almost 70 years.
6 January 2001 | by (san diego, ca) – See all my reviews

I was only seven years old when I first viewed this film and never forgot it. I have been seeing several of the scenes in my minds eye for the last seventy years or so. The scenes I remembered for so long included the the beginning ones involving Hitler, the part on the London Underground and the finale. Now that Man Hunt is out on DVD, everyone can view and enjoy it. It's even better than I thought with a marvelous cast such as Roddy McDowell who went on to make almost 500 more films. The black and white photography, especially the scenes depicting London at night and in fog are extremely well done. This is the only Fritz Lang film that ever saw. Maybe I should look into his other ones. Another surprise was the main song played as a background theme with the scenes in London. This song "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square," has allows been one of my favorite WWII songs. You can hear as sung by Vera Lynn, by typing in the title in Google and clicking the U-tube location.

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