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Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942)

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A team of ex-con bounty hunters go to Germany in search of Hitler. If they can find him, a million dollar reward is to be paid to them.



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Complete credited cast:
Steve Maschick
Dorothy Tree ...
Else von Brandt
Warren Hymer ...
Hans 'Dutch' Havermann
Joe 'The Book' Conway
Russell Hicks ...
Samuel Thornton
Bruce Edwards ...
Johnny Stevens
Felix Basch ...
Col. Hecht
Bobby Watson ...
Adolf Hitler (as Bob Watson)
Frederick Giermann ...
Kenneth Harlan ...
Fee Malten ...
Greta (as Faye Wall)


A team of ex-con bounty hunters go to Germany in search of Hitler. If they can find him, a million dollar reward is to be paid to them.

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Release Date:

3 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Hitler--Dead or Alive  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film represents one of a small handful of American films which featured the word Hitler or Hitler's, and both referencing Adolf Hitler, in their titles and were ones made around the time of the Second World War. These World War II movies include Hitler's Children (1943); Hitler's Madman (1943) aka Hitler's Hangman; Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942); The Hitler Gang (1944) aka Hitler & co.; the documentary short, Hitler Lives (1945); The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943); Hitler's Women aka Women in Bondage (1943); the comic short, The Devil with Hitler (1942) and Hitler - Beast of Berlin (1939). See more »


Samuel Thornton: Our enemies are the warlords and their followers, not just one person or one group. We must shatter the mailed fist forever... and silence their cry of blood and iron, with blood and iron.
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Super low-budget stinker! Makes the Germans in Hogan's Heroes look dangerous!
8 April 2002 | by (Cromwell, CT) – See all my reviews

I was always interested in viewing a Bobby Watson vehicle. Recently I purchased this film solely for that reason. Film historians tell us that Mr. Watson was a dead ringer for Adolf Hitler and I had to see this for myself. Watson only shows up in the film after about two thirds of the way through.

All in all, this film is so bad that it's pathetic. Putting aside propaganda reasons, it boggles the imagination why an accomplished actor like Ward Bond (Gentleman Jim, Wagon Train, Gone With the Wind) would actually star in such a farce. My only guesses are that 1) he was hard up for money or 2) he felt it was his patriotic duty to do this stinker.

The Nazis in this film are shown to be idiotic boobs and incompetent to the point of not even being able to keep POWs from escaping from Dachau. Actually, Dachau wasn't even used as a POW camp. At any rate, that aside, they are depicted as a group of nincompoops, much like the ones in the TV program, Hogan's Heroes. I always thought that Stalag 17 spawned the idea for Hogan's Heroes, but now I think that Hitler Dead or Alive may have been the movie that influenced Bing Crosby to air that TV classic!!

Simply put, this movie is nonsensical, moronic and unrealistic. It's worth the time to view it once, just for laughs, but to view it a second time is a waste of time!

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