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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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Jarmilla Hanka
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Reinhardt Heydrich
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Karel Vavra
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Heinrich Himmler
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Jan Hanka
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Nepomuk - the Hermit
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Herman Bauer - Burgomaster
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Father Cemlanek
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Maria Bartonek - Anton's Wife
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Dvorak - the Shopkeeper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Acosta ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
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German Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Nellie Anderson ...
Old Lady Masaryk (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ...
German Sergeant (uncredited)
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Bartonek (uncredited)
Wilmer Barnes ...
Officer (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ...
Military Doctor (uncredited)
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Linesman (uncredited)
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Conductor (uncredited)
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Clara Janek (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Sergeant (uncredited)
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Julia Petschek (uncredited)
Danny Duncan ...
Guard (uncredited)
Mary Elliott ...
Anna Parsek (uncredited)
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Town Crier (uncredited)
Dan Fitzpatrick ...
Coffin-Bearer (uncredited)
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Franciska Pritric (uncredited)
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Katy Chotnick (uncredited)
John Good ...
Rupert (uncredited)
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Little Boy (uncredited)
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Engineer (uncredited)
Ernst Hausman ...
Sentry (uncredited)
Johanna Hofer ...
Frau Magda Bauer (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Villager (uncredited)
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Janek (uncredited)
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Minna (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
Adolf E. Licho ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Germak (uncredited)
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1st Officer (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)
Michael Mark ...
Czech Laborer in Pain (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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Teacher (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ...
Assistant Doctor (uncredited)
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Muller (uncredited)
Ray Miller ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Orderly (uncredited)
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Prisoner (uncredited)
Carl Neubert ...
3rd Officer (uncredited)
Betty Jean Nichols ...
Bartonek Girl (uncredited)
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Bartonek Boy (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ...
Captain (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Annaliese Cermak (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ...
Gestapo (uncredited)
Jorja Rollins ...
Clara Janek (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ...
Capt. Kleist (uncredited)
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Gestapo (uncredited)
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Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Solvig Smith ...
Milkmaid (uncredited)
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Chauffeur (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ...
Guard (uncredited)
Frank Todd ...
Coffin-Bearer (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ...
Gestapo (uncredited)
Celia Travers ...
Heydrich's Nurse (uncredited)
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Gestapo (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Lt. Buelow (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ...
Sentry (uncredited)
Ben Webster ...
Old Man Masaryk (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Frau Anna Hanka (uncredited)
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SS Colonel (uncredited)

Directed by

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Douglas Sirk

Written by

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Peretz Hirschbein ... (writer)
 
Albrecht Joseph ... (story)
 
Melvin Levy ... (writer)
 
Emil Ludwig ... (story)
 
Bart Lytton ... (novel "Hangman's Village")
 
Doris Malloy ... (writer)
 
Edna St. Vincent Millay ... (verse)
 
Edgar G. Ulmer ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Rudolf S. Joseph ... associate producer (as Rudolf Joseph)
Seymour Nebenzal ... producer

Music by

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Karl Hajos
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco ... (uncredited)
Nathaniel Shilkret ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Jack Greenhalgh
Eugen Schüfftan ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Dan Milner

Production Design by

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Edgar G. Ulmer ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Fred Preble
Edward Willens

Production Management

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Ralph Slosser ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Melville De Lay ... assistant director (as Mel DeLay)
Edgar G. Ulmer ... second unit director

Sound Department

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Mac Dalgleish ... sound engineer (as W.M. Dalgleish)
Percy Townsend ... sound engineer

Music Department

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Modest Altschuler ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... composer: title music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eric Zeisl ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Felix Bernstein ... technical advisor
Paul Elbogen ... technical advisor
Eugen Schüfftan ... technical director
Ben Kamsler ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Jack Kelly ... publicist (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Wake up America ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Hangman (United States)
  • O Carrasco de Hitler (Portugal)
  • Il pazzo di Hitler (Italy)
  • El verdugo (Mexico)
  • O Capanga de Hitler (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 84 min
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Budget $300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia While in Germany before the war, director Douglas Sirk actually met Reinhard Heydrich at a party, and later recalled that "he made my blood run cold". See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004). See more »
Quotes Karel Vavra: Patience, children. Patience. You mustn't cry Jarmilla. None of us must cry. We must stand erect with our eyes to the sun and courage in our hearts.
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