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Release Date:
28 June 1941 (USA) See more »
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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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One of the better, neglected World War II melodramas... See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the better, neglected World War II melodramas..., 22 April 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Vincent Sherman was on his way up as a film director at Warner Bros. when he was assigned to 'Underground', a low-budget feature without stars to bolster its box-office appeal. Nevertheless, he managed to weave an interesting, fast-paced tale of intrigue and suspense with the Nazi menace hanging like a heavy shadow over the whole film. Basically, it's the story of two brothers torn apart by their beliefs--one (Philip Dorn) is involved in an underground movement, an announcer for a resistance radio program. The other (Jeffrey Lynn) is a loyal German soldier who eventually joins his brother's cause when he realizes what Hitler is doing. This did fairly well at the box-office despite not having big names and deserves to be seen as the forceful war melodrama that it is.

Martin Kosleck does his usual turn as a vicious Nazi officer and Mona Maris is convincing as a woman not exactly loyal to the German cause. May not be an "A" feature but it certainly is worth viewing.

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