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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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Cast

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Lieutenant Karl Bruner
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Anna Miller
Kent Smith ...
Professor Nichols
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Colonel Henkel
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The Bishop
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Franz Erhart
Erford Gage ...
Dr. Schmidt
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Dr. Graf
Gavin Muir ...
Nazi Major
Nancy Gates ...
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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WE KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WOMEN WHO ARE NOT FIT TO BE NAZI MOTHERS! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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

The film was started by Irving Reis, who quit after clashing with the producer. He was replaced by Edward Dmytryk. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Professor Nichols: Franz, how can you stand it - you of all people. How can you be so complacent?
Franz Erhart: My friend, you can get off a train before it starts or after it stops, but while it is in motion, I wouldn't advise it.
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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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Still powerful
11 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Nazi officer (Tim Holt) falls in love with a freedom-fighting American girl (Bonita Granville) in WWII Germany. Very dated (of course) but still worth seeing. The film pulls no punches is showing how horrible life in Germany was during the war. I especially like them showing German citizens as being against Hitler and unhappy also. It is naive (concentration camps are mentioned once and very casually) but, at the time this was made, that's all we knew about Germany. A big hit in its day--it's easy to see why.

Holt and Granville are good in the leads--especially Holt who has a powerful speech at the end. Also the film moves quickly and is never dull. A very good look at Germany during WWII. Well worth catching.


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