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






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13 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canavar Ruhu  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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also has stayed with me through my life
3 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

great story, excellent acting. also, i had the joy of seeing luther adler do tevya in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF maybe 25 years after seeing THE MAGIC FACE.

this is one of those movies that stay with you forever...i only wish i could rent it now, to show it to a few friends, and of course see it again.

the music was also interesting. i can still remember the melody when the quick change actors go from one costume to another.

the introduction by newsman shirer at the top of the movie was also a nice touch, and gave a documentary type of feel to the black and white movie.

adler was stunning as Hitler. the resemblance was uncanny.

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