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Man Hunt (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 20 June 1941 (USA)
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.


Fritz Lang


Geoffrey Household (novel), Dudley Nichols (screenplay)

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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 ... Ambassador (as Fredrik Vogeding)


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


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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


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Virginia McDowall (Mary) was the elder sister of Roddy McDowall (Vaner). See more »


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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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She Was Poor but She Was Honest
Music by R.P. Weston
Lyrics by Bert Lee
Sung by the street singers
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An intelligent and absorbing WWII thriller.
2 March 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Captain Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is captured by the Nazis after having been caught aiming a rifle at Adolf Hitler. He insists that he wasn't consciously making an assassination attempt, that he was merely a hunter relishing the prospect of taking down "big game". They naturally don't believe him, and try to make him a sign a "confession" that he was acting on behalf of his government. He refuses to sign his name to a lie, and they proceed to torture him and set him up for execution, but he escapes. Soon he makes it back to London, but they continue to pursue him on his home turf. Fortunately, he receives the help of a street waif, Jerry Stokes (Joan Bennett), who quickly overcomes her distrust and becomes quite taken with him. He tries not to put her in harms' way while evading sinister Nazi officials such as the well-spoken Major Quive-Smith (George Sanders).

Fritz Langs' wartime film, based on the story by Geoffrey Household, may not suit all tastes because it doesn't actually have a sense of urgency, at least not all the time. It even gets lighthearted and romantic at times, as Alan and Jerry start hitting it off. There still are some wonderfully moody moments, such as Alan managing to sneak onto a ship (where a precocious lad, well played by a very young Roddy McDowall, helps to hide him), and the sequence where a Gestapo thug portrayed by an effectively creepy John Carradine tails Alan into a subway tunnel. You do worry for the safety of Alan, especially when the odds are so stacked against him. Pidgeon does indeed have an interesting "devil may care" quality to him at times, and he and the lovely Bennett do have nice chemistry. Ms. Bennett is appealing playing a "common" type of gal who relishes in the comfort of a mansion at one point. Sanders is excellent, delivering just the right amount of quiet, refined menace.

Langs' direction keeps you riveted, especially in the opening few minutes where very little dialogue is spoken. The material may strike some viewers as far-fetched, but in his hands it makes for stylish entertainment.

Eight out of 10.

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