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Director:
Writers:
Charles Grayson (screenplay)
Edwin Justus Mayer (story) ...
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Release Date:
28 June 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
TODAY! THE BIG LOWDOWN ON THE "UNDERGROUND" (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jeffrey Lynn ... Kurt Franken
Philip Dorn ... Eric Franken
Kaaren Verne ... Sylvia Helmuth
Mona Maris ... Fräulein Gessner
Peter Whitney ... Alex

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

Frank Reicher ... Professor Baumer
Egon Brecher ... Herr Director
Ludwig Stössel ... Herr Müller (as Ludwig Stossel)
Hans Schumm ... Heller's Aide
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Hoffman

Roland Varno ... Ernst Demmler

Henry Brandon ... Rolf
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Greta Rolf (as Lotte Palfi)
Lisa Golm ... Ella
Louis V. Arco ... Otto (as Louis Arco)
Roland Drew ... Gestapo
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)

Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
 
Writing credits
Charles Grayson (screenplay)

Edwin Justus Mayer (story) and
Oliver H.P. Garrett (story)

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 (film editor)
 
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


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
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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Soundtrack:
Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Roses from the South)See more »

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Pirate radio is always best, 11 April 2015
Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom

Nazi soldier Jeffrey Lynn (Kurt) returns home on the night that his brother Philip Dorn (Eric) is due to make an illegal Resistance radio broadcast. The brothers are at odds in their beliefs but Lynn is unaware of how his brother feels and his role with the Resistance. One of Dorn's allies is Kaaren Verne (Sylvia) who plays violin at a club. She becomes the focus of Lynn's romantic interests but he remains unaware of her involvement in the Resistance. Will the Nazi brother suss out what is going on? And will he inform on his brother and the woman he loves to Gestapo chief Martin Kosleck (Heller)?

This film is better than expected and there are several tense scenes, eg, when Verne is sent to collect some radio equipment and must change her routine in the last seconds as Gestapo officers wait to arrest her. There is also a good scene between Gestapo secretary Mona Maris (Gessner) and Lynn as she points out a few home truths to him. I liked Philip Dorn and felt that it was his film and he should have been given the headline credit. He has a powerful scene when he goes to confront his Nazi brother about what course of action with regards the reporting of Verne that he will take. Dorn cannot afford the wrong decision to be taken and is prepared for what he may have to do. Another good scene involves Dorn and fellow Underground member Peter Whitney (Alex) as they confront Resistance traitor Wolfgang Zilzer (Hoffman).

The only poor acting comes from a couple of Resistance figures as they try to leave a club un-noticed. They stand out a mile in terms of suspicious behaviour. I'm afraid they get what they deserve for being so crap. Otherwise, the acting is very good all round. It's a pity that they bring some complicated poem into the proceedings - no way would anyone remember that clunky thing.

Overall, a good film. The Gestapo team reminded me of the French Resistance UK comedy of the 1980s "Allo Allo". Kosleck and Maris have that similar fetishized imagery working for them as was exploited by Gestapo officer "Herr Otto Flick" and his secretary "Helga". There is definitely some kind of repressed kinkiness going on. The scene with the boots and the whip and Kaaren Verne draped over a seat. Definitely. The only detail missing is revealing that Kosleck is wearing ladies lingerie throughout the whole film.

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