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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie is considered a Second World War wartime propaganda film of the United States. See more »

Goofs

When Anna is running away from the Nazis she clearly has a colored nail polish on then she finds a cart to hide in and she no longer has nail polish on. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Henkel: [to Smith] We're building a new Germany, a strong Germany. There is no room for the sick and the weak and the disabled!
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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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excellent and sad war-time love story
15 November 2006 | by dlwymondSee all my reviews

I found this film to be one of the most captivating and well-kept movie secrets of all time. If it is the first time you see it, you might be surprised that it was boldly made before WWII was over. The film stretches some emotions like taffy, while it is not overly-graphic, and only moderately intense. It instills in you with what seems to be a fair overview of the Nazi regime, while entertaining you with a plot of escape & a love story. To be expected, the conversation in it is surreal, typical of the film's era, but the only drawback for me is that Bonita Granville (age 19 when the film was made), who plays Anna Miller, passed in 1988 and actually stopped making major films after 1950. I did not realize what a beautiful girl she was until I discovered her in this picture a few weeks ago. A film for all generations (I was born 20 years after WWII).


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