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The Man I Married (1940)

Anti-Nazi tract laced with 1938 newsreel footage finds American girl (Bennett) married to a German (Lederer) gradually learning he is a Nazi, trying to get their son to America.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Oscar Schisgall (short story), Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Bennett ... Carol Hoffman
Francis Lederer ... Eric Hoffman
Lloyd Nolan ... Kenneth Delane
Anna Sten ... Frieda Heinkel
Otto Kruger ... Heinrich Hoffman
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Frau Gerhardt
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Gerhardt
Johnny Russell ... Ricky Hoffman
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Herr Deckhart
Frederick Vogeding Frederick Vogeding ... Train Traveller
Ernst Deutsch Ernst Deutsch ... Otto
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Czech
Willy Kaufman Willy Kaufman ... Train Conductor (as William Kaufman)
Frank Reicher ... Friehof
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Anti-Nazi tract laced with 1938 newsreel footage finds American girl (Bennett) married to a German (Lederer) gradually learning he is a Nazi, trying to get their son to America. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

9 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Married a Nazi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

To promote the film at the Paramount Theater in Des Moines, Iowa, Manager Eddie Dunn hired two men to dress as Nazi storm troopers and stroll around the town as if they were sightseers. Later, the same two men stood in front of the theater holding a sign saying that the theater was unfair to Storm Troopers, Bund No. 623. See more »

Goofs

When Joan Bennet wrestles with her Nazi interrogator, they knock the phone off the desk. The phone very obviously has no cable connected to it. See more »

Quotes

Carol Hoffman: Heil, heel!
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Connections

Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

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Very Powerful Indictment of Nazi Regime
29 December 2005 | by DiosprometheusSee all my reviews

With the nation of the verge of entering World War II, 20th Century-Fox head, Darryl Zanuck set out to make a series of films to keep Americans up to date on the rapidly changing shape of Europe. The Man I Married was one of those many films. The film was about the rise of Nazism in Germany and the devastating effects it would have on the relationship between Carol Hoffman, played splendidly by Joan Bennett, and her German-American husband, Eric Hoffman, played by Francis Lederer. The story involved their family visit in 1938 to Eric's homeland, where Eric comes to embrace the Nazi regime while his wife becomes horrified by it. This is a powerful film. It was highlighted by the inter-cutting of period news footage that showed the bigotry and brutality of the Nazi regime and Hitler's ugly brand of anti-Semitism. The insight this film shows is all the more remarkable when one considers that it was made before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is most unfortunate that this film is not better known or on DVD. UPDATE: Now on DVD.


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