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Director:
Writers:
Bertolt Brecht (adaptation) (original story) and
Fritz Lang (adaptation) (original story) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fritz Lang's masterpiece of intrigue and deception. See more »
Plot:
After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Film by Fritz Lang See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brian Donlevy ... Dr. Franticek Svoboda / Karel Vanek

Walter Brennan ... Prof. Stephen Novotny

Anna Lee ... Masha Novotny

Gene Lockhart ... Emil Czaka
Dennis O'Keefe ... Jan Horak
Margaret Wycherly ... Ludmilla Novotny
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Hellie Novotny
William Roy ... Boda Novotny (as Billy Roy)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Reinhard Heydrich
Alexander Granach ... Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber
Tonio Selwart ... Chief of Gestapo Kurt Haas
Jonathan Hale ... Dedic

Lionel Stander ... Banya
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Georgia Dvorak
Edmund MacDonald ... Dr. Pillar
Byron Foulger ... Bartos
Virginia Farmer ... Mrs. Nimitz
Ludwig Donath ... Schirmer (as Louis Donath)

George Irving ... Neeval
James Bush ... Peacock
Arno Frey ... Camp Lieutenant Itnut
Lester Sharpe ... Rudy
Arthur Loft ... Gen. Votruba
Reinhold Schünzel ... Gestapo Insp. Ritter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Abbott ... Hostage (scenes deleted)
Louis Adlon ... Adjutant (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Liberal Official (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Slugger in Theater (uncredited)
Jack Alfred ... Busboy (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Nazi Official (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Felix Basch ... (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Cabbie (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Kylar (uncredited)
Edna Bennett ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Market Woman (uncredited)
Lane Bradford ... Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... SS Officer (uncredited)
Willy Castello ... SS Guard (uncredited)
Richard Clarke ... Priest (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... Knife Thrower (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Cook (uncredited)
Edith Conrad ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Girl (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Wine Waiter (uncredited)
James Dime ... Gestapo Detective (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Aldrich Krapke (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... Angry Woman (uncredited)

Poldi Dur ... Slugger's Girlfriend in Theater (uncredited)
David Durand ... Bicycle Boy (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Svatak (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Professor (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Peasant Woman (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Dr. Kesselbach (uncredited)
William Farnum ... Viktorin (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Heavyset Woman (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Hostage (uncredited)
Hans Fuerberg ... Personal Adjutant (uncredited)
Jack George ... Polcar (uncredited)
Inna Gest ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Workman (uncredited)
William Haade ... Mildrad (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man at Briefing (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Novak (uncredited)
Victor Kendall ... SS Leader (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Dovolga (uncredited)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Kurt Kreuger ... Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Rita La Roy ... Girl (uncredited)
Hope Landin ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... De Lauge (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Gerta (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Czech Patriot (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Counterwoman (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... Jan Pestuca (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Czech Man (uncredited)
Philip Merivale ... Policeman (uncredited)
Louis Merrill ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... SS Captain (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Patriot at Meeting with Svoboda (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Jewish Prisoner (uncredited)
Edwin Mills ... Eduard (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Butler (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Dr. Svoboda's Nurse (uncredited)
George N. Neise ... Mueller (uncredited)
Carl Neubert ... Economist (uncredited)
Kurt Neumann ... SS Man (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Townsman on Street (uncredited)
John Piffle ... Industrialist (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Tobacconist (uncredited)
Lucien Prival ... Policeman (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Gestapo Agent Schultz (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ... Clerk (uncredited)
Ernest Roberts ... (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Patriot at Meeting (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Janet Shaw ... Katerina Honiga (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... SS Lieutenant (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ... Waiter (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Nazi Guard in Visitors' Pen (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Cigarette Smoker (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Tall Czech (uncredited)
Forrest Taylor ... Pipe Smoker (uncredited)
Walter Thiele ... Police Official (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ... Gescky (uncredited)
Fred Trowbridge ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ... Secretary (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Officer (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Townsman at Briefing (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Hostage Wearing Glasses (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ... SS Man (uncredited)
Fay Wall ... Secretary (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Hansom Cab Driver (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... SS Headquarters Man (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Santrock (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Ugly German Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Bertolt Brecht (adaptation) (original story) (as Bert Brecht) and
Fritz Lang (adaptation) (original story)

John Wexley (screenplay)

Produced by
Theo. W. Baumfeld .... assistant producer (as T.W. Baumfeld)
Fritz Lang .... producer
Arnold Pressburger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hanns Eisler 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (as Blagoe Stephanoff)
 
Production Management
Carley Harriman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director
Fred Pressburger .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Julia Heron .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
Jack Whitney .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eleanor Behm .... dresses: Miss Lee
 
Music Department
Artur Guttmann .... conductor
 
Other crew
Max Pretzfelder .... technical advisor
 

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Runtime:
USA:134 min (Turner library print) | France:117 min (DVD)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved

Did You Know?

Trivia:
French censorship visa : # 5465.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In reality, Heydrich was assassinated by a team of Czech exiles sent back to the country by the British government.See more »
Quotes:
Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber:[Slamming his fist on the table] Miss Novotny, this time you're going to talk!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Contempt (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
VltavaSee more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Film by Fritz Lang, 26 October 2004
Author: mike harby

Superb addition to Fritz Langs wonderful catalogue of films.

We see here his trademark 'almost documentary' style as well as propaganda (See The Last Testament of Dr Mabuse for another take on the Nazi regime). His trademark shadows (See 'M').

Early in the film we see Heydrich, an evil dictator who used his mandate from Hitler in the fullest possible way. Here he is played by Hans Heinrich von Twardowski who really is scary in portrayal. Lang shows this brilliantly in the way that the Czech people fear him, and also that he is feared by his own men. The master stroke here is the way Heydrich speaks only in German with no subtitles, given an English translation by someone else in the room. People fear him as he is and even though they cannot understand him, they fear what he has said.

The film centres around the reprisals after Heydrich's assassination. The assassin is still living/hiding in Prague. A few know his identity. But they know that if they inform the Gestapo they will be killed and they also know if they don't they may die anyway.

The tight script builds the tension to the highest level to a brilliant climax.

The cast are brilliant, especially the ever reliable Walter Brennan. An actor of the highest caliber. Abley backed up by Anna Lee, Brian Donlevy & Dennis O'Keefe.

This film is made all the more brilliant by the fact that it's idea was conceived only a short time after Heydrich's real-life assassination, not necessarily from a propaganda point of view, but with Lang you know you will get a film that will bench mark the film industry for years to come and people will sit up and take notice.

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