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They Came to Blow Up America (1943)

 -  Drama | War  -  7 May 1943 (USA)
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An FBI agent infiltrates a Nazi sabotage school in Germany where men are trained for strategic destruction inside American borders.

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Carl Steelman / Ernst Reiter
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Frau Reiter
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FBI Chief Craig
Dennis Hoey ...
Col. Taeger
Sig Ruman ...
Dr. Herman Holger
Ludwig Stössel ...
Papa Julius Steelman
Robert Barrat ...
Capt. Kranz
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Helga Lorenz (as Poldy Dur)
Ralph Byrd ...
Burkhardt
Elsa Janssen ...
Mama Henrietta Steelman (as Else Janssen)
Rex Williams ...
Eichner
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Zellerbach
Sven Hugo Borg ...
Cmdr. Ullrich Hauser
Kurt Katch ...
Schonzeit
Otto Reichow ...
Adam - S.S. Trooper
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Because of his German parentage, government agent Carl Steelman is assigned to by his chief, Craig, to join the Nazi Bund, to obtain information on the underground activities of the group. Steelman is welcomed and becomes a trusted member of the group. His father, Julius Steelman, unaware of this son's real mission, drives him from their home. The government agents raid a Bund meeting and Steelman assumes the identity of one of the members who was about to depart to Germany for training. In Berlin, Steelman meets and falls in love with Helga Lorenz, a member of the German underground. In order to hide his true identity and complete his mission, Steelman has to betray the girl to the Gestapo, but later manages to rescue her and see her safely on her way to England. Frau Reiter, wife of the man whose identity Steelman has assumed, threatens to turn him over to the police. He convinces the Gestapo that she is crazy and she is confined to an insane asylum. His training completed, Steelman... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Suggested by a true incident that occurred in 1942 when eight Nazi saboteurs were put ashore on the coast of Long Island, New York, by submarine, with orders to blow up various defense installations. They were caught, tried, and several were executed. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a building in Berlin is shown with a sign that says "Abteilung Geheimdienst", which means "Secret Service". However, it was translated in the film as "Naval Intelligence". A more appropriate sign would have read "Marine Nachrichten Geheimdienst". See more »

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Traitors in Our Midst
5 September 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The first person we see in this movie is Ludwig Stossel, best remembered as the father of Lou Gehrig in PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. He is German, naturlich, and has spent the last twenty years teaching in Milwaukee, so of course, his son is George Sanders with that British Public School Accent. Oh well.

Still, the story is a good one, based on a true incident, and for an apparent B movie, the acting, direction and photography -- by the wonderful and sadly forgotten Lucien Andriot -- are well up to par. Notice, for example, whose picture is on the dartboard at SS headquarters. And besides Mr. Stossel, we see some wonderful supporting actors, including Anna Sten, Ward Bond and Sig Ruman. So, while this is not a great movie, it is certain worth your time


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