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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rudi Janus / Janus the Great / Adolf Hitler
Patricia Knight ...
Vera Janus
William L. Shirer ...
Himself
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)
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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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Canavar Ruhu  »

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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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Not your average actor or fuhrer
14 April 2007 | by (Adelaide, South Australia) – See all my reviews

A fanciful & fictional account of an actor assassinating Hitler, assuming his identity and running war time Germany to ensure an Allied victory over the Third Reich.

A dry clinical approach to this production, interspersed with documentary style narrative, with added archival footage of the major moments in WW2, tends to aid in the attempt to pass this off as something more than just another war story.

Luther Adler's performance is the lynchpin binding a rather curious effort to create a different style of storytelling, all the while still entertaining in a way that the viewing audience was not accustomed.

Another old WW2 movie that is hard to find, but well worth the effort.


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