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Hitler's Children (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 January 1943 (USA)
This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors:

Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis (uncredited)

Writers:

Emmet Lavery (screenplay), Gregor Ziemer (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Karl Bruner
Bonita Granville ... Anna Müller
Kent Smith ... Professor Nichols
Otto Kruger ... Colonel Henkel
H.B. Warner ... The Bishop
Lloyd Corrigan ... Franz Erhart
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Dr. Schmidt
Hans Conried ... Dr. Graf
Gavin Muir ... Nazi Major
Nancy Gates ... Brenda
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Storyline

This propaganda piece starts in 1933. Prof. Nichols' American school in Berlin is next door to a school for the Hitler Youth. Karl, from the latter, is attracted to German-American Anna, but events lead to their separation. Six years later, near the outbreak of war in Europe, Anna is removed from Nichols' school on presumption of German citizenship. Nichols becomes obsessed with finding her, as Anna undergoes a rather lurid odyssey through the Nazi nightmare. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Denial of motherhood...to all who do not conform to the monster-made laws of the land that's forgotten the meaning of love, marriage, home! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Latin

Release Date:

6 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de Hitler See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$205,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,355,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie's lead actress Bonita Granville said that this movie was her favorite film because it was one of the rare times that she got top billing and got to play an adult character. See more »

Goofs

In the 1930s Lieutenant Karl Bruner would have never called Großdeutsches Reich Nazi-Germany. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Karl Bruner: [to Anna] Blood runs to blood, and German blood runs deep.
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, the camera zooms in on a German book burning, and the book on top of the pile is "Education for Death" by Gregor Ziemer. That was another book by the same author of the novel on which this film is based. See more »

Connections

Version of Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Music by Muzio Clementi (Symphony #3)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
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Education For Death
16 November 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Gripping WW2 movie about a young Gestapo officer (Tim Holt) who must choose between his loyalty to Hitler and the American girl he loves (Bonita Granville). Well-photographed and directed, it's a powerful and fascinating movie that has a lot to chew on for history buffs but is also an entertaining dramatic picture. It was pretty shocking stuff at the time, which led to it being a big hit at the box office. Tim Holt is fantastic in this. Definitely in his top three roles. He was a good actor who's largely forgotten today except among classic film fans. Bonita Granville has one of her meatiest parts here. This is a far cry from Nancy Drew. Kent Smith has a nice role as a sympathetic teacher. He narrates the first part of the movie. Otto Kruger and Hans Conried are two of the Nazis. As with a lot of WW2 era films on IMDb, you'll notice the reviews here are full of the word 'propaganda.' Try to ignore that. The problem isn't with the word itself but some use it to cast aspersions or impugn the honesty of a film. People these days have so many axes to grind and so much anger towards the wrong things. It's unsettling to me but, frankly, I'd rather not unravel that thread.


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