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Counterblast (1948)

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An escaped World War 2 Nazi doctor, impersonates a murdered English doctor so he can work on a vaccination to protect the Germans in their planned germ warfare.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ...
Nova Pilbeam ...
Tracy Hart
Margaretta Scott ...
Sister 'Johnnie' Johnson
Sybille Binder ...
Martha Lert, Bruckner Nazi Houskeeper
Marie Lohr ...
Mrs. Coles, Richard's Old Friend
Karel Stepanek ...
Prof. Inman, Nazi Psychiatrist
Alan Wheatley ...
M.W. Kennedy, Nazi Dentist
Gladys Henson ...
John Salew ...
Padre Latham
Anthony Eustrel ...
Dr. Richard Forrester
Carl Jaffe ...
Col Ingram, Gillington POW Camp Commandant
Martin Miller ...
Van Hessian, Dutch Seaman
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Maj. Walsh


This film was not known as "Devil's Plot" until 1953, when distributor Herbert Bregstein acquired the USA theatre rights and changed the title from "Counterblast" to "Devil's Plot." The reason for the title change was to disguise the fact that this was the same movie that had already been sold to television,and was currently playing on British and American television as "Counterblast." A more apt changed title would have been "Cheater's Plot," since the title change was an obvious ploy to keep the theatre exhibitors and public from knowing this film could be seen for free at home. The story has Mervyn Johns as a Nazi doctor and escaped prisoner-of-war who goes to London. There, via the Nazi underground, he poses as an Australian bacteriologist, whom he has killed and taken his place, assigned to do some medical research. His plot is, using British labs and knowledge, to find a method of immunizing the German people against a plague the Nazis are going to use in their next war. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

14 June 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Devil's Plot  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Is There a Doctor in the House?
16 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"A Nazi scientist escapes Germany prior to its surrender at the end of World War II and sets up a lab in England using the identity of an Australian scientist he murdered. Hoping to complete his germ-warfare experiment, in the hopes of its use by Nazis in a future war, the scientist's agenda becomes complicated when he falls in love with his lab assistant," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

Mervyn Johns is terrific, deftly playing "Dr. Bruckner", who poses as "Dr. Anderson", to kill and take the place of "Dr. Forrester". Still, Paul L. Stein's "Counterblast" is unnecessarily slow moving, and simply refuses to get mileage out of suspenseful situations. For starters, the film should have begun with Mr. Johns' murder of "Dr. Forrester". Previous events are easily filled in during subsequent scenes; and, an air of mystery would be added to the unfolding events.

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