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Devil's Plot (1948)

Counterblast (original title)

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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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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 ...
Heinz
Ronald Adam ...
Col Ingram, Gillington POW Camp Commandant
Martin Miller ...
Van Hessian, Dutch Seaman
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Maj. Walsh
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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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A Few Lapses of Credibility, But Not Bad
8 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always like Mervyn Johns, especially his portrayal of Bob Cratchit in the Alistair Sim "A Christmas Carol." Here's an about face where he plays a ruthless post war Nazi, attempting to find a cure for the plague. His motive is to find a cure so that this horrible disease can be unleashed on the enemy, but his people will continue to prosper. He kills a famous biologist and assumes his identity. He holes up in a small English town, though he is wanted throughout England. The problem is that he is so lacking in people skills that he draws all kinds of suspicion from his co-workers. A little kindness, a little compassion, and he could have pulled it off. He, of course, would take on the typical view of the Nazi hierarchy, humorless, godless, vicious. Johns is fantastic in his role. He tempers his anger by covering things up, but he becomes emotionally attached to what he can't have, the young woman who is his lab assistant. Still, he comes across as a humanitarian and is able to move around, doing noble work. He is forgiven for his eccentricities because of this. Watch this for some nice acting and a world that has just stepped out of a horrible war.


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