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Karl Kamb (story) and
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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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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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This should be required viewing for all US citizens!, 11 February 2007
Author: lsmith7-1 from United States

This just ran on Turner Movie Classics. Although I've seen a LOT of documentaries etc. on WWII and am familiar with Hitler's rise to power, I did not know about the Geopolitical influence on him, and the key elements of that theory. If all US citizens could view this movie, and even see it as part of students' school studies in Civics, we could have a better understanding of how people's need for power and control can become destructive plans for millions. It is important to remember that NOW a Dictator no longer needs to be a leader of a country to finance and organize an army to go out and spread terror to undermine the power of other countries. Don't you see this going on now? Osama Bin Laden is an example. Everyone wake up! The world has changed. We are no longer fighting the government of other countries in formally declared war - we are fighting an insidious plan to undermine the unity and confidence of US citizens to weaken us, making us more vulnerable for takeover. Also, look at the propaganda machines working to get other countries to "hate" Americans and protest against our country. Enemies know that our borders are impenetrable from the strength of our military. They've devised other ways to infiltrate, break down and dismantle our great country, America. Don't be naive and think that America is here forever, and nothing can change that.

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