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Paul Breda
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Underground Leader
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Rheinhardt
Katina Paxinou ...
Maria
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Lev Pressinger
Reinhold Schünzel ...
Kurt Daluege (as Rheinhold Schünzel)
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Captain Patzer (as Frederick Gierman)
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Jan Pavel
Felix Basch ...
Dr. Wallerstein
John Mylong ...
Proskosch
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Lt. Glasenapp
Steven Geray ...
Mueller
Michael Visaroff ...
Solvik
Eric Feldary ...
Peter Lovkowitz
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Right out of Hitler's cracking Fortress Europe

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Drama | War

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13 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Lt Glasenapp (Hans Conried) commits suicide at a club which leads the Gestapo to arrest everyone who is present. It gives them an excuse to execute the 26 Czech citizens that they now have in custody under the pretext of the murder of Glasenapp. Unknowingly, they have arrested the leader of the resistance (William Bendix) posing as a washroom attendant. A group of resistance fighters, led by Maria (Katina Paxinou), need contact with Bendix to establish the time to blow up a German ammunition supply and so devise a plan to rescue the prisoners. Also amongst the prisoners is Pressinger (Oskar Homolka) who is Czechoslovakia's most wealthy Nazi sympathiser. His daughter, Milada (Luis Rainer) and her boyfriend Jan (Roland Varno) try to secure his release with the help of Paul Breda (Arturo de Cordova), pitting their wits against Reinhardt (Paul Lukas), the Gestapo Commissioner ...... There are some twists along the way ..... the citizens are to be executed in 72 hours.

The film contains obvious propaganda with all German soldiers portrayed as vile, vicious, shouty headmaster types. I found that Bendix's portrayal of a simpleton employed as a washroom assistant made me sometimes think "you're having a laugh!" - no-one is going to believe that slow, measured, deliberate delivery. Anyway, its a good film....and the rest of the cast do well.

It's an involved story so you will need to follow carefully or you may find it confusing. It moves at a quick pace and when the film ends, a lot has happened!


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