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The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.
Prior to the United States entry into World War II, Nazi spies try to steal American military secrets. Among those whose passions are roused is Kurt Schneider who was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the US Army. Schneider is not very bright and is easily swayed by the oratory of Dr. Karl Kassel, a prominent physician who is eventually made the head of the Nazi spy ring. When Schneider's contact is arrested in Scotland, the US military asks the FBI to root out the spies. Agent Edward Renard is put in charge of the case and they methodically arrest all who have been spying.Written by
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Good story telling and a moral that is not overplayed
Even though this is a documentary of real events, the film never forgets that it is a film and must entertain as well as teach. The story illustrates how insidious treachery is and how the enemy always comes disguised as a friend.
The spies at first see themselves as the "master race" and the Americans as "simple minded." But soon the egos of the Nazis become their undoing. The film never stoops to melodrama but is emphatic in its point -- that one must never take democracy too much for granted.
The director went on to assist Frank Capra in the "Why We Fight" series which includes a scene from this film in part VII, "War Comes to America." Another effective film that is similar in theme is MGM's KEEPER OF THE FLAME with Tracy and Hepburn.
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