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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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Amazing drama based on GREGOR ZIEMER'S book "EDUCATION FOR DEATH" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Budget:

$205,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sophie Scholl, a political anti-Nazii, was arrested at the University of Munich, only 43 days after this movie first came out. She was beheaded, along with her comrades four days after arrest. See more »

Goofs

Karl Bruner is wearing the four pips and strip on his uniform collar of an SS Obersturmbanfuhrer, or Lieutenant Colonel, when Colonel Henkel said he would be promoted to Captain (or Hauptsturmfuhrer) and should be wearing a collar tab with three pips (diagonally) and two stripes. Colonel Henkel's insignia is also incorrect. He is wearing the three oak leaves of a Brigadefuhrer (Brigadier General) when he should have only one leaf of a Standartanfuhrer (Colonel). See more »

Quotes

Professor Nichols: [Narration] That was the last we saw of Karl for a long time. He was swept up in the storm - the storm that was sweeping through all of Germany.
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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 »


Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Music by Muzio Clementi (Symphony #3)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
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A girl, a boy, and the Fuehrer
10 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The very much critically acclaimed Hitler's Children is still quite a powerful film today. Potential lovers Tim Holt and Bonita Granville can never quite get together because of the Nazi ideology that Tim espouses.

The film has certain similarities to MGM's The Mortal Storm though without the A list cast of that one. The two go to different schools across the street from each other. Bonita is German born, but a naturalize American living with her grandparents while she attends the American school run by Kent Smith. Tim goes to the German all boys school for the new Hitler Youth and it was new when this film's action starts in 1933.

It's no accident that this was a boys school for the German youth. The Nazi ideology was firmly patriarchal and eloquently expressed the fact that women were child bearing vessels and nurturers of future Nazis and nothing more. No accident when you see Nazi rally newsreels for the young and old it's an all male cast. Hitler's Children explores that issue far more than most wartime films made by the Allies.

Kent Smith has the Nick Carroway narrative part in the story, we see it through his eyes up to the moment he departs for Paris and knowing full well the Nazis will be there shortly.

Holt and Granville are an attractive pair. Hitler's Children has aged far better than most American war films of the World War II era.


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