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The Devil with Hitler (1942)

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 ... See full summary »

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Gordon Douglas

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Al Martin (screenplay), Cortland Fitzsimmons (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Mowbray ... Gesatan
Bobby Watson ... Adolf Hitler
George E. Stone ... Suki Yaki
Joe Devlin ... Benito Mussolini
Marjorie Woodworth ... Linda Kraus
Douglas Fowley ... Walter Beeter
Herman Bing ... Louis
Sig Arno ... Julius
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Plaster the painter with laughs! Hit Hitler where it hurts the most! See more »

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Furious Phony See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Reissued by Favorite Films as "The Furious Phony". See more »

Quotes

Adolf Hitler: [to Gesatan] Dummkopf! Don't stand there! Look, I am naked! Get me my nightie!
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Connections

Followed by That Nazty Nuisance (1943) See more »

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Is This Actually Supposed to be Amusing?
2 October 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

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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