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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.

Director:

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 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 footage with Ava Gardner, Frances Rafferty and Leatrice Joy Gilbert was shot by MGM and inserted into the film after it was purchased from PRC. See more »

Goofs

A bus lists its destination as "Prague" A local bus would have used the Czech spelling of "Praha" 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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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

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Brilliant American Debut for Douglas Sirk
17 May 2002 | by TAYLOR BOWIESee all my reviews

Although the history portrayed in this little cheapie is not 100% accurate, the power and style of the great director Douglas Sirk shines through all the way. Carradine's death-bed scene is superbly acted, photographed and directed, and the climax, propaganda or not, is unforgettable. It is well worth your time!


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