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The Whip Hand (1951)

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Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a fishing trip to Minnesota, and stumbles across a lake, near a ghost-town, where all the fish have mysteriously died. None of the locals ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carla Balenda ...
Janet Keller
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Matt Corbin
Edgar Barrier ...
Dr. Edward Keller
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Steve Loomis
Otto Waldis ...
Dr. Wilhelm Bucholtz
Michael Steele ...
Chick
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Molly Loomis
Peter Brocco ...
Nate Garr
Lewis Martin ...
Peterson
Frank Darien ...
Luther Adams
Olive Carey ...
Mabel Turner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Watson ...
Adolf Hitler (scenes deleted)
William Yetter Jr. ...
German Sergeant (scenes deleted)
William Yetter Sr. ...
German Llieutenant (scenes deleted)
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Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a fishing trip to Minnesota, and stumbles across a lake, near a ghost-town, where all the fish have mysteriously died. None of the locals care to talk about it but he learns that a group of former-Nazi's-turned-communist have purchased a lodge on an island, in the middle of the fish-killing lake, and have built some kind of laboratory. Never one to pass up a chance to sell a story to a magazine, Matt decides to investigate. His only ally is Janet Keller, the sister of the local doctor who has been caught up into whatever those Commie-Nazis are up to out there in their laboratory on an island lake. What they are up to, with Soviet financing, is the development of diseases to use in bacteriological warfare against the United States of America, starting in Minnesota. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SCIENCE HARNESSED BY MADMEN TO WIPE OUT AMERICA'S MILLIONS! [all caps] See more »


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1 October 1951 (USA)  »

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In keeping with the original Nazis-as-villains idea, the hero originally saw Adolf Hitler himself standing on the balcony of the villain's lair. He disappeared when the extensive re-shooting was done. Hitler was played once again by Bobby Watson. See more »

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[first lines]
Matt Corbin: Guess I'm a little lost. I thought this was the road to Winnoga.
Guard: Back a mile and take the other fork.
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Communist immorality exposed
10 November 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in 1952 and have seen several times since. It's one of those movies I always get a kick out of. Critics are right to argue that the plot has a couple of rather large holes. They are not right in denouncing it as McCarthyist propaganda. These deep leftist thinkers need to be reminded that the release of the Venona Papers largely vindicate McCarthy investigations. Sneering leftists also need reminding of the amount of communist aggression that the West was facing. For example, the communists insurgencies in Greece and Malaya, both backed by the Soviets. Then there was the takeover of Eastern Europe followed by imprisonment, torture and execution of opponents. Let us also not forget the 1948 Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Berlin uprising in 1953 and the 1956 Hungarian uprising that the Soviets ruthlessly crushed.

The Cold War was far from being cold and was the creation of an aggressive Soviet Union. Before any more mal-educated leftists decide to start sneering at this movie maybe they will tell us why they choose to ignore the 100,000,000, people that communist regimes murdered. (The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, Harvard University Press,1999). Read this book and you might start thinking that this movie wasn't too far out after all.


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