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Underground (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 28 June 1941 (USA)
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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Kurt Franken
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Eric Franken
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Sylvia Helmuth
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Fräulein Gessner
Peter Whitney ...
Alex
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Heller
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Franken
Ilka Grüning ...
Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)
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Professor Baumer
Egon Brecher ...
Herr Director
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Herr Müller (as Ludwig Stossel)
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Heller's Aide
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Hoffman
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Ernst Demmler
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Rolf
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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 »

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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 »

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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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Good small Warners film
26 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Underground" is a good propaganda movie that came out of Warner Brothers in 1941. It's lacking major stars, but the story is certainly A list. Philip Dorn and Jeffrey Lynn star as German brothers on opposite sides. Dorn is a member of the underground, which uses a traveling illegal radio to broadcast to the people, while Lynn is a returning soldier who has lost his arm. He becomes interested in an attractive violinist, Sylvia (Kaaren Verne) who performs in a tavern, unaware that his brother knows her from the underground and that they are both members. This leads to problems as the Nazis close in.

Vincent Sherman does an excellent job of directing. The rest of the cast includes Martin Kosleck a a nasty Nazi, and Mona Maris as his assistant, also an underground member. The Dutch Dorn gives a very good performance, as does Lynn. The ending of the film is quite touching.

As someone on this site pointed out, the Germans let the Nazis come into power and didn't do much in the way of resistance. There was a strong French resistance, as well as the Yugoslav Partisans, the Polish Home Army, the Soviet partisans, the Italian CLN, the Norwegian Resistance, the Greek Resistance and the Dutch Resistance. One doesn't hear much about German resistance. Warner Brothers probably just assumed it was active.

A good movie.


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