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Man Hunt (1941)

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Geoffrey Household (novel), Dudley Nichols (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Captain Alan Thorndike
Joan Bennett ... Jerry Stokes
George Sanders ... Major Quive-Smith
John Carradine ... Mr. Jones
Roddy McDowall ... Vaner
Ludwig Stössel ... Doctor (as Ludwig Stossell)
Heather Thatcher ... Lady Alice Risborough
Frederick Worlock ... Lord Gerald Risborough
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Captain Jensen
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Pawnbroker
Lester Matthews ... Major
Holmes Herbert ... Saul Farnsworthy
Eily Malyon ... Lyme Regis Postmistress
Arno Frey Arno Frey ... Police Lieutenant
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Ambassador (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Storyline

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

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Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rogue Male See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When this movie was made, America was not part of World War II. At this time, a number of Hollywood studios were pro-American involvement in the war. This movie is one of a number of films made during the late 1930s and early 1940s that represented pro-American intervention in the war. These films include: A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941), Man Hunt (1941), Foreign Correspondent (1940), The Mortal Storm (1940), Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) and Sergeant York (1941). See more »

Goofs

While searching for Thorndike at the bottom of the cliff, Major Quive Smith finds his shoe, yet in the first sight of Thorndike regaining consciousness in the brush, he is fully shod. See more »

Quotes

Captain Alan Thorndike: I present you with this dangerous weapon, madmoiselle, with my undying gratitude and admiration. May you never lodge it in the wrong heart.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
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Music by Manning Sherwin
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A WW II Treasure
13 May 2003 | by lange-frankSee all my reviews

I just saw this film on the Fox Movie Channel (DirecTV Satellite, 9 p.m., May 12th) and enjoyed it immensely! As a big WW II movie fan, I'm surprised I hadn't seen it before. Several things struck me about it: Walter Pidgeon's devil-may-care performance, George Saunder's excellent portrayal of the Gestapo leader, and John Carradine's eminently creepy role as the Gestapo agent sent to London to track his prey.

Also interesting were the surprisingly eloquent characterizations of Hitler's regime by the characters. Rather than the usual, emotional propaganda-driven exhortations prevalent in war movies at the time, the writing seemed to make an effort to take a higher, more articulate stab at the regime and those who blindly followed it. The writing overall is superb, as is the direction by Fritz Lang. Even the almost overdone ending matches the story perfectly and leaves us wanting more. I'm surprised they didn't make a serial about it throughout the remainder of the war!

This is a classic, classic WW II propaganda piece that was suspensefull, engaging and a joy to watch. If I could get it in ANY format, it would be a permanent fixture of my collection. If you find it, record it!


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