Adolf Hitler, Benito and Suki Yaki are placed in a series of Three-Stooges routines, with the premise that the Board of Directors of Hell has put the Devil on notice they intend to replace ...
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This movie shows us the rise of Adolf Hitler from a small radical political adventurer to the dictator of Germany in the way of a gangster film. Exept for some minor inaccuracies the ... See full summary »
Germany's Adolf Hitler, with his Axis-stooges, Italy's Mussolini and Japan's Suki Yama, although he tried to avoid taking them, is on his way, via submarine, to a tropical country to ... See full summary »
Adolf Hitler, Benito and Suki Yaki are placed in a series of Three-Stooges routines, with the premise that the Board of Directors of Hell has put the Devil on notice they intend to replace him with Adolf Hitler unless he can get Hitler to commit a good deed. The devil has his work cut out for him, and doesn't appear likely to escape being replaced by the German leader.Written by
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Of academic interest as it illustrates just how "dumbed down" a propaganda film from this era could be and still somehow wring out a few laughs from its target audience of potential war bond buyers. You could forgive the moronic writing, the unbelievably bad acting, and the generally offensive tone if it was even remotely funny or had some other redeeming quality. Unfortunately such is not the case.
"The Devil With Hitler" and "Nazty Nuisance" are a pair of short films produced by the Hal Roach studios early in WWII. Both seem to think it would be great fun to spoof axis leaders Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito. The premise is the denizens of hell threatening to replace the devil with Hitler unless he can somehow reform Hitler. Don't expect the witty "nothing sacred" black comedy of "Springtime for Hitler" in "The Producers"; these Roach films show little sign of wit or of wisdom.
As ill-conceived as all this might sound, it had been done fairly successfully by Chaplin in "The Great Dictator" (1940), in several Three Stooges shorts, and in a number of cartoons-the best being Donald Duck's "Der Fuehrer's Face (1942).
None of that stuff is very funny (except Donald's) but at least could technically be classified as comedy. If amusement value is the criteria, then "The Devil With Hitler" should not even be included in that classification (incredibly it is even less funny than "Nazty Nuisance"). The only things even remotely amusing are two little Hitler caricatures which run in the opening credits.
These entries borrow heavily from the comedy technique of Julius Streicher and rely on racist and ethnic humor about Asians and Italians instead of clever writing. The actors who populate this low budget disaster, (Adolf-Bobby Watson) (Benito-Joe Devlin) (Suki Saki-George E. Stone) (devil-Alan Mowbray)-are a bunch of B-movie character actors with no recognizable comedic talent. Even they seem embarrassed to be in this mess of poor physical comedy and extremely (and I mean extremely) lame jokes.
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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