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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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The World's Secret Battlefront! See more »


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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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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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One of the Best and Earliest of Hollywood's Answer to the Nazi Threat
20 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Early Hollywood Nazi Movie Set in Germany Following a Pirate "Underground" Radio Station and the Nationalist but Anti-Nazi Germans that Risked Their Lives Trying to Bring Truth to the Population.

Oppressive and Gestapo Tactics were Being Jack Booted on the People with Restrictions on Everything from the Media to Free Speech. This Group of Resistance Fighters and Their Tribulations are Presented in a High Suspense Social Picture that Warners Did So Well

It has a Basically No-Name Cast but All Deliver Riveting, Believable Performances and the Film is Gripping and Obviously Topical, at the Time, and Deserves to be Rediscovered as One of the Best Unseen and Forgotten Films that is Preachy Without Being Overbearing and Thought Provoking Without Doubt.

Concentration Camps and the Devastating Effect the Torture had on "Enemies of the State", Brutal Beatings of Suspects (including Women and old folks), Nazi Iconography Dominating Scenes, and a Family Literally Torn Apart by the Hitler Regime are All Included Here Without Restraint.

The Ending is Wicked and Heart Wrenching but Turns to an Upbeat Note Just in the Nick of Time (but at such cost). This is a Powerful Film and Holds Up Much More than Many of its Type Made Throughout the War. A Must See.


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