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Hitler's Children (1943)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 January 1943 (USA)
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This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

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Anna Miller
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Professor Nichols
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Colonel Henkel
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Franz Erhart
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Brenda
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Storyline

This propaganda piece starts in 1933. Prof. Nichols' American school in Berlin is next door to a school for the Hitler Youth. Karl, from the latter, is attracted to German-American Anna, but events lead to their separation. Six years later, near the outbreak of war in Europe, Anna is removed from Nichols' school on presumption of German citizenship. Nichols becomes obsessed with finding her, as Anna undergoes a rather lurid odyssey through the Nazi nightmare. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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ALL BABIES BELONG TO THE STATE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

6 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Filhos de Hitler  »

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Budget:

$205,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Dmytryk in his biography 'It's a Hell of a Life But Not a Bad Living', states: "A friend of mine, Irving Reis, had prepared and actually started shooting a film called 'Hitler's Children', an exploitation B. Irving was rather headstrong and somewhat touchy - a bad combination in Hollywood. After a few days, he got into a fight with producer Doc Golden [Robert Golden]. Getting his back up, he quit the film, expecting, so he told me later, to win a quick apology and a free hand. Instead, the studio said, 'As you wish,' and asked me to take over the direction. He gave me his blessing, asking only that his name be completely removed from the film's credits. The studio was willing and I went to work. I finished on schedule, cut and dubbed it, and turned it over to the distribution department. None of us at the studio was sure of what we had." See more »

Goofs

In the 1930s Lieutenant Karl Bruner would have never called Großdeutsches Reich Nazi-Germany. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Karl Bruner: You're a German. If you'd only give our way of living a chance.
Anna Miller: You can't give evil and rottenes a fair chance.
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, the camera zooms in on a German book burning, and the book on top of the pile is "Education for Death" by Gregor Ziemer. That was another book by the same author of the novel on which this film is based. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hitler: Dead or Alive (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Music by Muzio Clementi (Symphony #3)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
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Education For Death
16 November 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Gripping WW2 movie about a young Gestapo officer (Tim Holt) who must choose between his loyalty to Hitler and the American girl he loves (Bonita Granville). Well-photographed and directed, it's a powerful and fascinating movie that has a lot to chew on for history buffs but is also an entertaining dramatic picture. It was pretty shocking stuff at the time, which led to it being a big hit at the box office. Tim Holt is fantastic in this. Definitely in his top three roles. He was a good actor who's largely forgotten today except among classic film fans. Bonita Granville has one of her meatiest parts here. This is a far cry from Nancy Drew. Kent Smith has a nice role as a sympathetic teacher. He narrates the first part of the movie. Otto Kruger and Hans Conried are two of the Nazis. As with a lot of WW2 era films on IMDb, you'll notice the reviews here are full of the word 'propaganda.' Try to ignore that. The problem isn't with the word itself but some use it to cast aspersions or impugn the honesty of a film. People these days have so many axes to grind and so much anger towards the wrong things. It's unsettling to me but, frankly, I'd rather not unravel that thread.


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