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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

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday 27 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Wednesday 2 January 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Seattle Sunday 10 February 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Chicago Tuesday 12 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Altoona PA 20 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), and by Minneapolis 18 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); its New York City television premiere took place 10 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by San Francisco 3 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

Heydrich was ambushed in the city of Prague, not on a country road. His travel plans were also no secret: despite Hitler's admonitions Heydrich always took the same route when traveling in the city, believing the the people were too cowed to dare attack him. See more »

Quotes

Herman Bauer - Burgomaster: Please, I'll have to speak to my wife. I need my hat and coat.
German Arresting Officer: No, you won't. You're under arrest.
Herman Bauer - Burgomaster: If my Führer wants me, without my hat and coat, I'm ready. I'll go. Take your hands off me! I'm a Party man! Heil Hitler!
German Arresting Officer: Shut up!
Herman Bauer - Burgomaster: You won't kill me. I love my Führer. Heil Hitler! I gave him my two sons. Two brave, German sons. Mama! They are taking me! Mama! Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! Heil...
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

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Weak Drama
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hitler's Madman (1943)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Douglas Sirk's first American film was also filmed by Fritz Lang as Hangmen Also Die the very same year. War propaganda at its highest as the Czech people stick together to assassinate Nazi Richard Heydrich (John Carradine). This thing here gets mixed reviews but I found it incredibly slow, boring and just not all that interesting. Carradine delivers a good performance but outside of that everyone else is pretty boring and while the direction shines in a few spots it never really comes full circle. The ending with "we should all rise up" might have packed a punch in 1943 but today it comes off very, very stupid.


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