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Release Date:
28 June 1941 (USA) See more »
TODAY! THE BIG LOWDOWN ON THE "UNDERGROUND" (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
A World War II Hollywood propaganda film detailing the dark underside of Nazism and the Third Reich set between two brothers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A gripping story of clandestine radio under the Nazis. See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Martin Kosleck ... Col. Heller
Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Albert Franken
Ilka Grüning ... Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)

Frank Reicher ... 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

Henry Brandon ... Josef Rolf, Underground Member Shot by Gestapo
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Greta Rolf, undergrounder (as Lotte Palfi)
Lisa Golm ... Ella aka Elsa, Franken's Housekeeper
Louis V. Arco ... Otto (as Louis Arco)
Roland Drew ... Gestapo Officer with Pencil Mustache
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Adlon ... Karl, Baggage Attendant (uncredited)
Lester Allen ... Herr Krantz (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ... Official (uncredited)
Edit Angold ... Maxel's Cashier (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Man Giving Sylvia Baggage Claim Ticket (uncredited)

Hans Conried ... Herman, Underground Member (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... Sylvia's Landlady (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Guard (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... Radioman (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Ludwig Hardt ... Tobacco Clerk (uncredited)
Ernst Hausman ... Rudi (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Willi, Underground Member (uncredited)
Willy Kaufman ... Tobacco Customer (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... Radioman (uncredited)
Carl Ottmar ... Official (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Janitor (uncredited)
John Piffle ... Herr Maxel, Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Paul, Underground Member on Motorcycle (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... Concentration Camp Captain (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Blind News Vendor (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Maxel's Headwaiter (uncredited)
Henry Victor ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Announcer Reporting Demise of Illegal Broadcasts (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Capt. Bornsdorff (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Hans Wollenberger ... News Vendor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
Writing credits
Edwin Justus Mayer (story) and
Oliver H.P. Garrett (story)

Charles Grayson (screenplay)

Produced by
William Jacobs .... associate producer
Bryan Foy .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Costume Design by
Damon Giffard (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

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)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A gripping story of clandestine radio under the Nazis., 24 September 2005
Author: mail-671 from United Kingdom

When I saw this as a kid I found it a grim.vivid & gripping introduction to the wartime "underground" movement in an occupied territory courtesy Warner Bros as did Martin Kosleck's ruthless Gestapo officer and the silent struggle of one German brother to stick to his convictions in direct opposition to the other,an enemy where discovery meant certain torture & death. It has never been shown on UK TV - certainly not by TCM. I distinctly still recall the relief when this feature in the cinema was quickly followed by the next week's trailer in contrasting brilliant technicolour for Greer Garson in "Blossoms In The Dust"! Only a few years ago I finally tracked down the video which I believed never existed in the States & did not hesitate to have it sent over. It is in pretty good condition & brought back those memories. Barely a year later,(1941), 2 Cities Films in Britain released its blander & lighter version, "Freedom Radio" which starred two of Britain's then leading stage stars, Clive Brook ("Cavalcade") and Diana Wynyard which has had TV showings. In this version the ethical differences & attitudes in defying the gestapo were between husband & wife and various Nazis played(as was then usually the case)by other well known British faces with English accents.

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