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Lawrence P. Bachmann (story)
Jerry Davis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 September 1952 (USA) See more »
"Are you the man they always use to trap women?"
1947: Captain Jeff Eliott returns to Germany to thank the Lert family, who hid him during ww-ii when his plane was shot down over Munich... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting and uninteresting at the same time. See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Kelly ... Capt. Jeff Eliot

Pier Angeli ... Wilhelmina (Willie) Lehrt
Richard Rober ... Col. James Terry
Richard Egan ... Lt. Parker
Claus Clausen ... Heisemann
Wilfried Seyferth ... Hansig
Margot Hielscher ... Cabaret Singer

Annie Rosar ... Mrs. Keigler
Harold Benedict ... Sgt. at Airport
Otto Gebühr ... Mr. Nolder
Gertrud Wolle ... Mrs. Nolder
Heinrich Gretler ... Keigler
Charlotte Flemming ... Girl in Telephone Booth
Charles Gordon Howard ... Lt. Farris
Bum Krüger ... Oberlitz
Claus Benton Lombard ... Waiter

Iván Petrovich ... Sigmund Neffs
Sepp Rist ... Customs Official - German
Michael Tellering ... Ernst Haltmann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Janssen ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Marton 
Writing credits
Lawrence P. Bachmann (story) (as Lawrence Bachmann)

Jerry Davis (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Goldstone .... producer
Cinematography by
Václav Vích (director of photography) (as Vaclav Vich)
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
Art Direction by
Paul Markwitz 
Fritz Maurischat 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hermann Höhn .... assistant director
Sound Department
Walter Rühland .... sound recordist (as Walter Ruehland)
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... musical director
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Germany:90 min | USA:90 min (TCM print) | USA:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Filming Locations:

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The end of the movie was filmed at the ruins of Hitler's Berghof in Obersalzberg. They clearly used the entry hall with the vaulted ceilings and the conference room with the giant picture window.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and uninteresting at the same time., 9 August 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

The concept of the movie is pretty interesting; The post WW II effects on Germany. Too bad that the movie chooses a completely uninteresting approach.

The story seems to be going nowhere and for an hour it mostly consists out of continuing drivel between Gene Kelly and Pier Angeli. The movie shows some mystery and action tendencies but none of them really pushes through. It makes "The Devil Makes Three" an unsatisfying and also quite redundant movie to watch, despite its very interesting and also original concept. There really aren't that many movies that concentrate on post WW II Germany. Too bad that they couldn't come up with a more interesting story and approach of it.

The movie does get much better and interesting in the end, when a new Nazi order comes in the story but there is nothing in the story before this that even hints to this plot-element. The movie as a whole therefor feels disjointed and the ending comes too late to safe the movie as a whole.

Director Andrew Marton had more success working as a second unit director, with movies such as "Ben-Hur", "Kelly's Heroes" and "The Day of the Jackal".

It definitely helps that the movie was obviously shot at location and in the early '50's, right after WW II. Germany was still in ruins for some parts and the movie uses this backdrop gratefully. It helps to make the movie look and feel realistic and it works obviously better than the normal fake- and studio work. All of the locations seem to be the real thing, including Hitler's Eagle's nest (The Kehlsteinhaus), that was near Berchtesgaden, which at the time of filming was subsequently used by the Allies as a military command post until 1960, when it was handed back to the State of Bavaria.

Guess lots of people are having trouble with seeing Gene Kelly in such a serious role as this one but in all fairness, he pulls it off quite well. He shows that he also knew how to act, besides being normally mostly just a 'show-man' or entertainer. Pier Angeli also plays nicely but her character just isn't the most compelling one. At first you mostly hate her and she is irritating, in the second halve of the movie you're supposed to care about her. This approach just doesn't work out, at least not good enough.

Not an awful movie but still an uninteresting and redundant one.


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