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January 1945 (USA) See more »
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A downed American bomber crew quickly falls prey to the clever interrogation techniques of the Germans in this dramatic training film. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
Louis Adlon ... Maj. Franz Kohmer (uncredited)

Rand Brooks ... Pilot (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... German Yard Guard (uncredited)
George Dolenz ... Capt. Volbricht (uncredited)

Poldi Dur ... Nazi Nurse (uncredited)
Carl Esmond ... Maj. von Behn - Nazi Commandant (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Dr. Victor Münz - Camp Doctor (uncredited)

Arthur Kennedy ... Sgt. Alfred Mason (uncredited)
Sam Locke ... Nazi (uncredited)

Lloyd Nolan ... USAF Debriefing Officer / Narrator (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... American Pilot at Headquarters (uncredited)
Don Porter ... Lt. Frank L. Williams, Jr. - American Co-pilot (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Prison Guard (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Sgt. Renser (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German Guard (uncredited)
James Seay ... Capt. James Spencer (uncredited)
Kent Smith ... Capt. Reining - American Working for the Nazis (uncredited)
Craig Stevens ... B-26 Pilot (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Sgt. Freulich - German Prison Plant (uncredited)

Mel Tormé ... American Pilot (uncredited)

Peter van Eyck ... Capt. Granach - Young Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Herr Mahler - German Red Cross Representative (uncredited)
Max Wilk ... Nazi (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Vorhaus (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Medford  uncredited

Produced by
Ronald Reagan .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Rose (uncredited)
 

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70 min | USA:66 min
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Major von Behn - Nazi Commandant:Just as there is no such thing as an innocent question, there is no such thing as a valueless statement.See more »
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Version of Target Unknown (1951)See more »

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Don't Talk! Don't Talk! Even your lies have value!, 7 June 2013
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

Not made for US movie audiences consumption in that the film is far too disturbing as well as accurate in how successful interrogations tactics by the Germans in WWII worked. The film or documentary "Resisting Enemy Interrogation" is the exact opposite of the Hollywood made film "The Purple Heart" in how US airmen bravely resist and make their captors, in this case Japanese, look ridicules as well as stupid that was released the very same, 1944, year.

Here we see the Germans use psychology and trickery to get the results that they want. That without those being interrogated not even knowing it. Not through torture and humiliation but through letting their captive US Airmen try to outsmart them and make them look like fools by instead tripping themselves up in them doing that. If the US and its allies used the same sound and tried tactics on captured suspected Al-Qeada and Taliban fighters after the attacks on 9/11 they would have gotten a lot more information and prevented, by putting their leaders out of commission, terror attacks then they had by instead getting false information out of them. That resulting in having sent the US military on a number of fruitless wild goose chases all over the globe.

In the movie the Germans suspect a major low level attack on one of their oil installations in Southern occupied Europe and have captured a new B-99 US bomber's crew that was to take part of that attack. With the German intelligence officer Major Franz Kohmen knowing that the plane crew really knows nothing about where the attack is to take place he and his fellow interrogators make the US airmen feel or pretend that they in fact do know but are keeping the information from him. This has them unconsciously blurt out things that they feel will fool Major Khomen that he and his second in common Captain Volbricht skillfully figure out where he raid will actually be, Munich Germany, and when it would take place; May 17, 1944!

The Germans way of getting information is just by letting the captured US fliers say wherever they want for what seemed like hours at a time with Major Kohmen an his men filtering out the little truths from the vast distortions and lies. This has them put together a blueprint of where the big US raid in Southern Europe will be and when it will take place. What was so amazing about all that is that Captain Kohmen got all that vital information without the captured US airmen, who unknowingly gave him that information, knowing it! That ended up costing the USAAF 21 bombers being shot down together with their 105 man crews as they were ambushed by squads of German fighter planes over the skies of Munich Germany.

Very disturbing to watch movie released at the time when the US was in a life and death struggle with Nazi Germany which was in fact not released to general American public but only at US military bases. It was those men who watched it that had to get the real and hard cold facts in how to act if captured by the enemy. Not the general American public who were to be both propagandized and entertained, in lifting civilian moral at home, in watching the highly gong-ho inaccurate and feel good war movies that Hollywood was cranking out back in those days.

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