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Release Date:
22 April 1943 (USA) See more »
Narrated by Lewis Stone, this 1943 MGM production looks at the roots of Nazi Germany's drive for geographic expansion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Despite the DVD packaging, it's not a "Crime Does Not Pay" short. See more (7 total) »


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Lewis Stone ... Commentator

Frank Reicher ... Karl Ernst Haushofer
George Lynn ... Rudolf Hess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Giermann ... Nazi Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... German (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... General von Kettelmanm (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... German (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward L. Cahn  (as Edward Cahn)
Writing credits
Karl Kamb (story) and
John C. Higgins (story)

Karl Kamb (screenplay) and
John C. Higgins (screenplay)

Original Music by
Nathaniel Shilkret 
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (uncredited)
Eric Zeisl (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jackson Rose 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Richard Duce 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Crime Does Not Pay No.39: Plan for Destruction" - USA (series title)
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22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Despite the DVD packaging, it's not a "Crime Does Not Pay" short., 24 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Plan for Destruction" was included in the "Crime Does Not Pay" DVD collection from Turner Entertainment. However, this film really does not appear to be a part of the set and bears no similarity to the other films in the series. It really is just a wartime propaganda short from MGM--albeit a well made one.

The film is narrated by Lewis Stone and is a film showing the progression of Germany from the end of WWI to the power-made nation it was in 1943. However, it looked at this in an unusual manner--focusing on an actual but mostly forgotten general and college professor, Karl Haushofer (played by the familiar character actor Frank Reicher). Haushofer's notion of 'goepolitik' was that Germany was destined to rule the world and his teachings fit in wonderfully with the Nazis. However, the short-term benefit of such a policy is more than balanced by the resolve of the united nations of the US, Soviet Union, etc. according to this film.

This is clearly a WWII propaganda film that's meant to strengthen the resolve at home in the war effort. And, for what it is, it's pretty good. A novel way of assessing the Nazis, that's for sure.

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