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The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 10 September 1943 (USA)
A man who does a good Hitler impression is made to look like Hitler as a decoy for assassination attempts.

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(as James Hogan)

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Cast

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Herman Marbach
Fritz Kortner ...
Bauer
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Graub (as Ludwig Stossel)
William Trenk ...
Col. Von Zechwitz
Joan Blair ...
Duchess Eugenie
Ivan Triesault ...
Prince Hohenberg
Rudolph Anders ...
Maj. Mampe
Ernö Verebes ...
Count Godeck
Merrill Rodin ...
Hans Huber
Charles Bates ...
Viki Huber
Kurt Katch ...
Corp. Karl Frobe
Hans Schumm ...
Maj. Profe
Frederick Giermann ...
Heinrich Himmler (as Fred Gierman)
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A clerk in 1942 Vienna who has a gift for mimicry, is arrested for doing a Hitler impression. The Gestapo decide to give him plastic surgery to look like Hitler so he can take his place in public, acting as a decoy for assassination attempts. Written by anonymous

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Drama | War

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Approved
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10 September 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estranha Morte de Adolf Hitler  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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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Predictable
22 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In recently occupied Vienna, good-natured Ludwig Donath (Franz) jokes about a recent speech made by Hitler and before he knows it, the Gestapo come calling for him. He is taken from his family and that's it. He's in big trouble. However, his powers of mimicry spare his life as he is given an assignment to help the Nazi cause. His wife Gale Sondergaard (Anna) follows her heart as her hatred for the Nazis builds, especially when her children are taken from her. She decides on a plan.

It's a short film that moves at a good pace even if the story is a little crazy. Donath's impressions are all the same and he doesn't sound like Hitler. Sondergaard is good as always and I guessed what was going to happen at the beginning of the film. Still, it keeps you watching.


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