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Underground (1941)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Kurt Franken
Philip Dorn ...
Eric Franken
Kaaren Verne ...
Sylvia Helmuth
Mona Maris ...
Fräulein Gessner
Peter Whitney ...
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Franken
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)
Professor Baumer
Egon Brecher ...
Herr Director
Ludwig Stössel ...
Herr Müller (as Ludwig Stossel)
Hans Schumm ...
Heller's Aide
Wolfgang Zilzer ...
Ernst Demmler


A World War II Hollywood propaganda film detailing the dark underside of Nazism and the Third Reich set between two brothers, Kurt and Erik Franken, whom are SS officers in the Nazi party. Kurt learns and exposes the evils of the system to Erik and tries to convince him of the immoral stance that marches under the symbol of the swastika. Written by Anonymous

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TODAY! THE BIG LOWDOWN ON THE "UNDERGROUND" (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

28 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz da Liberdade  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film of Peter Whitney. See more »


Kurt Franken: I'm not going to let you go on working with those traitors.
Sylvia Helmuth: Take me back and I'll do anything you want me to do. You'll only take me back.
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »


Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Roses from the South)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played on the violin at Maxels Cafe
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A gripping story of clandestine radio under the Nazis.
24 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I saw this as a kid I found it a grim.vivid & gripping introduction to the wartime "underground" movement in an occupied territory courtesy Warner Bros as did Martin Kosleck's ruthless Gestapo officer and the silent struggle of one German brother to stick to his convictions in direct opposition to the other,an enemy where discovery meant certain torture & death. It has never been shown on UK TV - certainly not by TCM. I distinctly still recall the relief when this feature in the cinema was quickly followed by the next week's trailer in contrasting brilliant technicolour for Greer Garson in "Blossoms In The Dust"! Only a few years ago I finally tracked down the video which I believed never existed in the States & did not hesitate to have it sent over. It is in pretty good condition & brought back those memories. Barely a year later,(1941), 2 Cities Films in Britain released its blander & lighter version, "Freedom Radio" which starred two of Britain's then leading stage stars, Clive Brook ("Cavalcade") and Diana Wynyard which has had TV showings. In this version the ethical differences & attitudes in defying the gestapo were between husband & wife and various Nazis played(as was then usually the case)by other well known British faces with English accents.

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