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Enemy of Women (1944)

 -  Drama | War  -  10 November 1944 (USA)
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Young Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, an unsuccessful playwright, is forced, in order to support himself, to take a position as tutor in the household of Herr Quandt. His first attempt to force ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Claudia Drake ...
Maria Brandt
Wolfgang Zilzer ...
Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels (as Paul Andor)
Donald Woods ...
Dr. Hans Traeger, MD
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Col. Eberhart Brandt
Sigrid Gurie ...
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Mr. Quandt
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Bertha
Robert Barrat ...
Wallburg the Publisher
Beryl Wallace ...
Jenny Hartmann
Byron Foulger ...
Krause, Brown Shirt
Lester Dorr ...
Hanussen the Medium
Crane Whitley ...
Hanke, Gobbels' Secretary
Charles Halton ...
Uncle Hugo, Radio Performer
Marin Sais ...
Frau Bendler
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Young Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, an unsuccessful playwright, is forced, in order to support himself, to take a position as tutor in the household of Herr Quandt. His first attempt to force himself upon women comes when he becomes interested in a young actress, Maria Brandt, daughter of Colonel Brandt at whose home he is lodging. He is driven from the house by Colonel Brandt. That night, acting as an usher for a meeting of the new German Socialist Party, Goebbels hears Hitler speak, and becomes an ardent follower. He is made propaganda head, becomes known as the "Scoundrel of Berlin", and his machinations strike terror into the hearts of innocent girls. Maria Brandt, who is working as a bit player in a theatre in Hannover, again meets Goebbels. Through his efforts, although unknown to her, Maria is made an overnight star. He then procures a contract for her at the famous UFA studios of Berlin. Maria, who has become interested in a young doctor, Hans Traeger, shuns Goebbels' attentions. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MYSTERY GIRL! The home of this alluring blonde was known to be one of Dr. Goebbles' favorite haunts! See more »

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This was one of the few films Monogram Pictures released that it didn't produce in-house. This was an independent production picked up by Monogram for distribution. See more »

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Die schöne Galathée Overture
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The dirty swine! those filthy skunks! They beat me for refusing to Hail Hitler!
5 October 2005 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

(There may be Spoilers) Highly fictional account of the life and times of Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Wolfgang Zilzer. In fact the movie "Enemy of Women" almost totally overlooks Goebbels involvement with the Nazi Party and his meteoric rise to become one the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and Nazi occupied Europe. As well being his Fhurer's most loyal and trusted henchman who was to stay with his beloved Fhurer in his bunker in Berlin to the very last in April/May 1945. Then killing, together with his equally fanatical Nazi wife Magda not only himself but their six young children as well. The film instead concentrates on Josephs very possessive and weird love life.

We see the early life of Dr. Goebbels as a failed writer, of dime store novels and stage plays, being kicked around by a young woman who he tried to make out with. Goebbels in then kicked out of the house by the girls-Maria-outraged father Colonel Brandt, H.B. Warner, when he clumsily tried to make a play for her. Depressed and feeling like sh*t Goebbels wonders into a beer-hall and for the first time hears ultra-German Nationalist Adolf Hitler give one of his hypnotic and spellbinding speeches. Right there and then Goebbels was hooked and joined Hitler's National Scoialist, or Nazi for short, party which he would be a member of-in good standing-for the rest of his life.

Now years later In a position of power Goebbels can get even with all those wise-guys bluenoses and bullies who kicked him around when he was a nobody and a more or less 98 pound weakling in the world of power and influence. Getting even with old Colonel Brandt who threw him out of his house when Joseph tried to grab and kiss his actress daughter Maria, Claudia Drake, Goebbels puts out the word to SS chief Himmler that Brandt is a disloyal traitor to Germany. That has Himmler send a few of his goons to the old mans apartment who end up putting him away with a load of slugs shot into him.

Goebbel now seeing his chance to get in good with the bereaved Maria makes as if he's very depressed over her fathers tragic death which, unknown to Maria, he was responsible for. In fact it was Goebbles himself who was targeted for elimination by Himmler but played it cool after being alerted by his friends. Goebbles gets as close as he could to Adolf Hitler knowing Himmler wouldn't dare have him shot while he was standing next to the Furher.

Getting Maria leading parts in plays and movies, through his connections as Propaganda Minister, Goebbles now expects some payback from her, like being his mistress. Instead she falls in love with charming and handsome Vienna doctor Hans Traeger, Donald Woods, which has Goebbels throw a fit. Before he can do anything the two lovebirds, Maria & Hans, skip out of Germany to Hans' native Vienna. Married and living in bliss the Traegers have it made in old Vienna until March 1938 when the German/Austrian "Anschluss" happens with the German army marching across the German/Austrian border and uniting the two countries under Nazi rule.

Stuck with nowhere to go both Maria and Hans are now at the mercy of the Nazi regime and only with Goebbles' help can they ever be able to get out of the country and into Switzland; but that help will come at a very heavy and heartbreaking price.

"Enemy of Women" is more like a soap opera then a historical movie with that rascal and scoundrel Joseph Goebbles having one affair after another with beautiful and buxom Frauleins as Germany goes down the road to destruction in the Second World War. What was Goebbles greatest love in the movie Maria Brandt ends up getting killed in a daylight USAAF bombing raid on Berlin. Poor old and crazy Joseph now all by himself gives one of his lying speeches, to the German people, on how the allied bombing campaign over Germany is a total bust. Goebbles also boasts that if they, the Americans and Brits, ever try to invade "Fortress Europe" by crossing the English Channel they'll get the worst beating of their lives. As usual Goebbles was wrong dead wrong. He, the real Joseph Goebbles, was to die by his own hand less then a year after "Enemy of Women" was released.


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