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Decision Before Dawn (1951)

 -  Drama | War  -  25 February 1952 (Norway)
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As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Dick Rennick
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Col. Devlin
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Cpl. Karl Maurer aka Happy
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Hilde (as Hildegarde Neff)
Dominique Blanchar ...
Monique
O.E. Hasse ...
Col. Oberst von Ecker
Wilfried Seyferth ...
Heinz Scholtz - SS Man (as Wilfried Seyfert)
Hans Christian Blech ...
Sgt. Rudolf Barth aka Tiger
Helene Thimig ...
Fräulein Paula Schneider
Robert Freitag ...
Sgt. Paul Richter (as Robert Freytag)
George Tyne ...
Sgt. Griffin
C.A. Amos ...
Himself (as C.A. Amos 1st Lt. USAF)
Harold Benedict ...
Lt. Pete Gevers
H.W. Briggs ...
Himself (as H.W. Briggs Sgt. USA)
D.G. Devine ...
Lt. Dick Rennick's driver
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Storyline

WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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A woman's kiss . . . A lighted cigarette - Each had Its meaning! An exciting and realistic story of war . . . of German Prisoners Sent Back Behind Their Own Lines as Agents of the Allies!

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Drama | War

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25 February 1952 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Legion of the Damned  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

December 8th, 1944: the date on which Karl Maurer (Werner) is captured in the film, was in real life the actual date on which Oskar Werner deserted from the Wehrmacht. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Lt. Rennick and his driver, Sgt. Griffin, are driving in an open jeep to Rennick's new headquarters at the convent. It is clearly winter with snow on the ground and leafless trees. Yet, when they drive up to their headquarters gate, it now looks like early summer, with trees with full leaves and no snow on the ground. Then, it's back to winter again with heavy snow when Happy parachutes back into Germany. See more »

Quotes

Lt Pete Gevers: And what are your political convictions?
Sgt. Rudolf Barth aka Tiger: My political convictions? I've never been able to afford any.
Col. Devlin: Then why do you want to work for us?
Sgt. Rudolf Barth aka Tiger: Because you are winning the war. Isn't that a good enough reason?
Col. Devlin: Well, good or bad, I suppose it's a valid one.
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Ach, wie ist' möglich dann (Treue Liebe)
Written by Kükcken
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22 January 2002 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Probably the most realistic WW II war movies made. Most of the extras are real German POWs, all german actors were ex German soldiers. The uniforms, helmets, weapons etc. are authentic and accurate. The film was filmed in post war Germany, the bombed out street scenes are the real thing! The film is even somewhat sympathetic towards Germans which could not have been popular that soon after war.


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