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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 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
Col. Heller
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Albert Franken
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)
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
Josef Rolf, Underground Member Shot by Gestapo


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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28 June 1941 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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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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Powerful anti-Nazi thriller.

This top rate production from Warners Bros., tells the story of the anti-Nazi underground and its attempts to sway the German people to reject the Nazi regime and put an end to its war machine. This film is far better than many other later anti-Nazi films cranked out by Hollywood during WW2. The cast all give top rate performances. Martin Koslec is effectively slimey as the Nazi secret police leader who is out to crush the underground. After seeing him here, no wonder he made a career portraying evil Nazi leaders. Perhaps the most memorable performance is by Wolfgang Zilzer as the sad, pathetic former underground leader who becomes a traitor in exchange for release from the hellish torture he is undergoing in a Nazi concentration camp. The scene where he is confronted by underground leaders and forced to commit suicide has real power. The lighting and the music are perfect. Seen today, this film might seem a bit optimistically naive. It gives the viewer the impression the Nazi regime would soon fall from power. None the less the film effectively portrays the terror inflicted on the German people to assure obedience to its corrupt and evil regime.

Note; One odd idea thrown in, is a suggestion about why Rudolph Hess fled Germany and flew into London. During one of the underground broadcasts, Philip Dorn states that Hess fled to escape the gestapo and tell the world the truth. This sounds a bit naive, since everything suggests in real life Hess was always a staunch supporter of the Nazi regime. Of course the whole Hess affair is still to this day shrouded in mystery, and we may never know the real reason why Hess flew into London. That, however is a matter of discussion for another forum.

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