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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 ...
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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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U-159 is depicted as dispatching the 4 saboteurs when is fact the actual submarine was U202. See more »

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When the German U-Boat surfaces near the U.S. coast, it is attacked by American bombers. The first two shots of the stock footage utilized show the attacking aircraft from the sub commander's view, the first through binocular- boxing on screen, are a trio of Lockheed Hudsons. But the overhead shot of the attack shows three Martin PBM Mariner flying boats, and then bombs are shown dropping out of a bomb-bay which the PBMs did not have. See more »

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Will George Sanders Blow Up America?
14 May 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

At the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during World War II, mining company lawyer George Sanders (as Carl Steelman) has been taken to court. Supposedly, he brought eight Germans to the US (Amagansett, Long Island) to blow up America. The oddly-accented German-American Sanders has his story told in flashback. A suspected Nazi sympathizer, Sanders is recruited as a spy and goes to Germany. While posing as "Ernst Reiter", Sanders becomes romantically involved with attractive blonde Poldy Dur (as Helga Lorenz), another spy. Their relationship, as watched by the Nazis, is one of the more lively parts of the drama. Also interesting is when the wife of "Ernst Reiter" (Anna Sten) pays Sanders a surprise visit, and when his father (Ludwig Stossel) shares some exciting news from the FBI (Ward Bond) with his doctor (Sig Ruman). However, predictability takes away most of the story's excitement.

***** They Came to Blow Up America (5/7/43) Edward Ludwig ~ George Sanders, Poldi Dur, Anna Sten, Ludwig Stossel


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