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Hitler's Madman (1943)

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.

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Somewhat fictionalized account of the destruction of the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia and the events leading up to it. In 1942, the Allies parachuted a Czech resistance fighter into the area. He quickly reunites with his former girlfriend and many of the villagers who knew him from before the war. The Nazis are evil however and under the command of Reinhardt Heydrich rule the country with an iron fist, arbitrarily arresting innocents and charging them with fictitious crimes. When Heydrich is severely wounded in a roadside attack - he dies three days later - Henrich Himmler orders the destruction of Lidice. The men are herded into a churchyard where they sing defiantly as they are shot down, the village is set aflame and the women are sent to concentration camps. The town itself is leveled. Written by garykmcd

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10 June 1943 (USA)  »

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The Hangman  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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When Karel meets Jamilla's mother for the first time, there is a moving shadow of the boom microphone on the pillar above and behind them. See more »

Quotes

Herman Bauer - Burgomaster: Please, I'll have to speak to my wife. I need my hat and coat.
German Arresting Officer: No, you won't. You're under arrest.
Herman Bauer - Burgomaster: If my Führer wants me, without my hat and coat, I'm ready. I'll go. Take your hands off me! I'm a Party man! Heil Hitler!
German Arresting Officer: Shut up!
Herman Bauer - Burgomaster: You won't kill me. I love my Führer. Heil Hitler! I gave him my two sons. Two brave, German sons. Mama! They are taking me! Mama! Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! Heil...
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

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Brilliant American Debut for Douglas Sirk
17 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Although the history portrayed in this little cheapie is not 100% accurate, the power and style of the great director Douglas Sirk shines through all the way. Carradine's death-bed scene is superbly acted, photographed and directed, and the climax, propaganda or not, is unforgettable. It is well worth your time!


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