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Hitler's Madman (1943)

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.

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Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Cast overview:
Patricia Morison ... Jarmilla Hanka
John Carradine ... Reinhardt Heydrich
Alan Curtis ... Karel Vavra
Howard Freeman ... Heinrich Himmler
Ralph Morgan ... Jan Hanka
Edgar Kennedy ... Nepomuk - the Hermit
Ludwig Stössel ... Herman Bauer - Burgomaster
Al Shean ... Father Cemlanek
Elizabeth Russell ... Maria Bartonek - Anton's Wife
Jimmy Conlin ... Dvorak - the Shopkeeper
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Somewhat fictionalized account of the destruction of the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia and the events leading up to it. In 1942, the Allies parachuted a Czech resistance fighter into the area. He quickly reunites with his former girlfriend and many of the villagers who knew him from before the war. The Nazis are evil however and under the command of Reinhardt Heydrich rule the country with an iron fist, arbitrarily arresting innocents and charging them with fictitious crimes. When Heydrich is severely wounded in a roadside attack - he dies three days later - Henrich Himmler orders the destruction of Lidice. The men are herded into a churchyard where they sing defiantly as they are shot down, the village is set aflame and the women are sent to concentration camps. The town itself is leveled. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hangman See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Catholic procession shown in the film, "The Blessing of the Fields", would indicate this took place on April 25th, also the day of the Feast of St. Mark. See more »

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When Karel meets Jamilla's mother for the first time, there is a moving shadow of the boom microphone on the pillar above and behind them. See more »

Quotes

Jarmilla Hanka: Darling, if you have to go, please take me with you.
Karel Vavra: No, darling.
Jarmilla Hanka: I'm not afraid.
Karel Vavra: I'd be afraid for you. You're safer here.
Jarmilla Hanka: I don't want to be here or - or anywhere without you.
Karel Vavra: Maybe somewhere in the world, sweethearts still walk together hand-in-hand. But, not here, darling.
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

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could have been more boring
18 November 2010 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

An interesting movie that does not do much to inspire the viewer through its portrayal of the Czech resistance, though they face a grim ending, but definitely catches the interest in the portrayal of Nazi brutality through the part played by John Carradine as Reich Protector Heydrich, who routinely had people shot in order to maintain a level of fear and control. The characterizations of the townspeople are too quaint for this subject, but they (the townspeople) do catch on as Carradine's brutality increases, with the most memorable scene being when he and his men take over a philosophy class, in a scene that manages to get fairly intense. If it were just up to Alan Curtis to carry the film as Karel Vavra, the film would fall into a dark pit of boredom, since within any resistance movement there is always collaborators within families that need to be killed. Those characters are all left out, and so the drama quotient is not very intense. Nonetheless, Carradine's Heydrich is definitely worth watching.


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