Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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Hannjo Hasse ...
Alfred Naujocks
Christoph Beyertt ...
Volksdeutscher Franz Sitte
Wolfgang Kalweit ...
Volksdeutscher Hans-Wilhelm Kraweit
Georg Leopold ...
Volksdeutscher Franz Wyczorek
Herwart Grosse ...
Gestapochef Müller
Rolf Ripperger ...
Volksdeutscher Bieratzki
Manfred Günther ...
Volksdeutscher Kühnel
Rudolf Woschiek ...
Volksdeutscher Tutzauer (as Rudolf Woschick)
Hilmar Thate ...
KZ-Häftling
Rolf Ludwig ...
SS-Arzt
Friedrich Richter ...
Jüdischer Professor
Günter Naumann ...
SS-Mann in Uniform
Paul-Dolf Neis ...
SD-Chef Gleiwitz
Heinz Schröder ...
SD-Chef Oppeln
Margarete Taudte ...
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Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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Left Elbow Index
9 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Left Elboe Index considers seven variables--acting, production sets, plot, character development, dialogue, artistry, and continuity--- to measure a film on a scale of 10 (high) to 1 (low). As far as acting goes, there seem to be too many clichés and exaggerations to contribute drama to a historically dramatic event. If anything, it appears that weak acting makes the history less dramatic, thereby earning a rating of 2. Except for the "staight-line" scenes, there seems to be little upon which to measure the production sets, probably because many of the scenes are period newsreels, even to the extent of employing what appears to be something akin to an autobahn promo (another rating of 2). The plot rates a 1, mostly because the end is known and not much else can be done. Character development appears weakened by the stereotypical characters, some of whom seem exaggerated beyond reason. With so many forgettable characters, a rating of 2 seems fair. Artistry gets the highest rank of 4, based almost entirely on the ironic use of music. Continuity also rates a 4 since the docudrama tone is maintained, with occasional weak spots like the soldiers singing on a supply train as it speed through a crossing. This movie was produced in 1961, in the same period as very good films DR. STRANGELOVE and THE LORD OF THE FLIES, two movies that stunned audiences with their powerful drama. In my opinion this film does not measure up to those. In fact, it seems much like the last feature of a three movie night at the local drive-in. Just turn off the sound, cuddle up, and have a real excuse for getting home late. The best the Left Elbow Index can give is a 3.14. Pass the popcorn.


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