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Underground (1941)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Kurt Franken
Philip Dorn ...
Eric Franken
Kaaren Verne ...
Sylvia Helmuth
Mona Maris ...
Fräulein Gessner - Heller's secretary
Peter Whitney ...
Alex Schumann, Underground Member
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Col. Heller
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Albert Franken
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)
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Prof. Hugo Baumer
Egon Brecher ...
Herr Director of the Chemical Institute
Ludwig Stössel ...
Herr Gustav Müller, a Neighbor (as Ludwig Stossel)
Hans Schumm ...
Heller's Aide
Wolfgang Zilzer ...
Walter Hoffman
Roland Varno ...
Ernst Demmler, Underground Member
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Josef Rolf, Underground Member Shot by Gestapo
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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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28 June 1941 (USA)  »

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A Voz da Liberdade  »

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First film of Peter Whitney. See more »

Quotes

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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Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Roses from the South)
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Music by Johann Strauß
Played on the violin at Maxels Cafe
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The story of the Good American and the Bad German
20 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Should declared as well as intended B-movies be taken for serious or not? Of course, only the affirmation of this question legitimates any possible criticism.

Vincent Sherman was one of the classical B-movie directors. If the reason why he directed "Underground" (1941) was of political nature or simply because he needed money - or irresponsibility toward the subject of the movie -, we don't know. However, everybody can find out very easily that the "good guys" in the film - most of all the characters of Kurt and Eric (correctly: Erich) Franken are played by non-Germans (an American and a Dutchman), and that the main "bad guy"-character Colonel Heller was played by the German Martin Kosleck. Besides the only exception of Fräulein Gessner, who was played by the American Mona Maris, one realizes soon that, although all characters are German, the real actors who play the good guys are almost exclusively Americans and the real actors who play the bad guys are almost exclusively Germans.

By chance? Let me tell you that no European director would come to the insane idea to let the role of an American character be played by a Non-American. However, especially German characters in American movies are regularly played by American actors imitating American accents as Marlon Brando did in "Morituri". How convincing is a movie in which a French actors plays an American character, revealing after two words his actual origin? However, in "Underground", the things are dramatically different: Issued in 1941 and although a B-movie, this movie was obviously intended to call for Americans to enter World War II and to legitimate beforehand an American meddling in Germany (which still continues by the American presence in nowadays Germany, as every child knows). So, the good characters in this movie are recognizable by the audience via correct American speech of the American actors, while the bad characters are also easily recognizable by the German accents of the German actors.

Concluding, let me admit that for once, I have been inconsistent: I enjoyed seeing actors like Kosleck, Ilka Grüning or Ludwig Stössel and I therefore rated this movie with 6 points. However, had I been honest, I would have given a 1, because this movie is nothing else than intellectual filth, a war-chaser and propaganda movie on the lowest possible level.


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