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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Franken
Erwin Kalser ...
Dr. Franken
Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)
Professor Baumer
Egon Brecher ...
Herr Director
Herr Müller (as Ludwig Stossel)
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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Trust No One
25 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

We now have all the answers, but this picture was released before WWII became a world war. It is likely there were rumors and inklings about underground movements but this may have been the first picture about a German resistance movement brought to the attention of the movie-going public. Imagine the surprise and amazement of American audiences trying to fathom the concept that Germany was not a monolith.

"Underground" is the tense and suspenseful story of two brothers on opposite sides of the war. Jeffrey Lynn is a Nazi officer discharged and returning home after losing an arm in combat and Philip Dorn is his older brother who is a member of the underground. We learn of the consequences to a resistance member if caught and of the attendant paranoia prevalent among members. Secrecy is necessary and required, under penalty of death.

The storyline is absorbing and the direction is spot-on throughout. The two stars are at their best, and this may be one of Jeffrey Lynn's best roles. The supporting roles are filled with competent German character actors who may be unfamiliar to many of us. "Underground" is a memorable rendering of a theme which has become very familiar to us over the years since the war. Well worth the time, which is only 95 fast-moving minutes.

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