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The Magic Face (1951)

 -  Drama | War  -  13 August 1951 (USA)
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Actor becomes Hitler's valet, murders him, takes his place and ruins Nazi Germany's war efforts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudi Janus / Janus the Great / Adolf Hitler
Patricia Knight ...
Vera Janus
William L. Shirer ...
Jaspar von Oertzen ...
Maj. Fritz Weinrich
Anton Mitterwurzer ...
Hans (Rudi's valet) (as Toni Mitterwurzer)
Peter Preses ...
Warden Harbacker
Manfred Inger ...
Heinrich Wagner
Charles Koenig ...
Franz (the warden's clerk)
Rolf Wanka ...
Gen. Rodenbusch (as R. Wanka)
Oskar Willner ...
Gen. von Schlossen (as Willner)
Bell ...
Gen. Haldes
Eric Zuckmann ...
Hermann Erhardt ...
Hermann Göring (as Herman Erhardt)
Hans Sheel ...
Gen. Steig
Michael Tellering ...
Lt. Col. Heitmeier (security chief)


Actor becomes Hitler's valet, murders him, takes his place and ruins Nazi Germany's war efforts.

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Drama | War






Release Date:

13 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canavar Ruhu  »

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1.37 : 1
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Luther Adler would briefly impersonate Adolf Hitler again in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode, "The Man in the Bottle." Because of his age and weight he no longer bore any resemblance, but this was immaterial to the other characters given the context. See more »

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Luther Adler takes Hitler's place and loses the war
9 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nazi movies can be fun. Even movies with Hitler can be fun. This one is quite a lot of fun. It's a really good idea, but not executed particularly well. Luther Adler is always fun to watch. He was memorable in some episodes of The Untouchables, and had substantial parts in such noirs as Cornered, Hoodlum Empire, The Miami Story, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, the remake of M, and Crashout. He often played the heavy.

In this movie he plays an entertainer who does impersonations. Through various machinations, he ends up taking Hitler's place whereupon he intentionally sabotages Germany so that it loses the war. The story is told in a series of vignettes, separated by newsreel footage.

It's clear that this good story was fighting an uphill battle against a budget that didn't permit the best supporting actors (such as Martin Kosleck) and probably had a fast shoot because some of the acting by Adler is rough. He's supposed to be German and a Party member but quite often the Jewish mannerisms and intonations come out of him. However, when he's Hitler, he captures his outbursts about as well as anyone has.

The suspense is fairly well sustained but it's a bit of an up and down affair. I like movies in which the Nazis get fooled, like Sabotage Agent, Pimpernel Smith, and Five Graves to Cairo. This one is a much less polished movie than those, but still enjoyable within this sub-genre of spy-type movies.

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