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Hostages (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 16 December 1943 (Mexico)
A group of twenty-six Czechoslovakian citizens are jailed until a 50,000 crown reward by the Gestapo uncovers the supposed killer of a Nazi officer whom virtually everyone suspects committed suicide.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

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Lester Cole (screenplay), Frank Butler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Luise Rainer ... Milada Pressinger
Arturo de Córdova ... Paul Breda
William Bendix ... Underground Leader
Paul Lukas ... Rheinhardt
Katina Paxinou ... Maria
Oskar Homolka ... Lev Pressinger
Reinhold Schünzel ... Kurt Daluege (as Rheinhold Schünzel)
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Capt. Patzer (as Frederick Gierman)
Roland Varno ... Jan Pavel
Felix Basch Felix Basch ... Dr. Wallerstein
John Mylong ... Proskosch
Hans Conried ... Lt. Glasenapp
Steven Geray ... Mueller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis V. Arco Louis V. Arco ... Nazi Officer
Mary Dietrich Mary Dietrich ... Barkova
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A group of twenty-six Czechoslovakian citizens are jailed until a 50,000 crown reward by the Gestapo uncovers the supposed killer of a Nazi officer whom virtually everyone suspects committed suicide.

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Right out of Hitler's cracking Fortress Europe

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Les otages de la Moldau See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, that were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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13 June 2009 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Lt Glasenapp (Hans Conried) commits suicide at a club which leads the Gestapo to arrest everyone who is present. It gives them an excuse to execute the 26 Czech citizens that they now have in custody under the pretext of the murder of Glasenapp. Unknowingly, they have arrested the leader of the resistance (William Bendix) posing as a washroom attendant. A group of resistance fighters, led by Maria (Katina Paxinou), need contact with Bendix to establish the time to blow up a German ammunition supply and so devise a plan to rescue the prisoners. Also amongst the prisoners is Pressinger (Oskar Homolka) who is Czechoslovakia's most wealthy Nazi sympathiser. His daughter, Milada (Luis Rainer) and her boyfriend Jan (Roland Varno) try to secure his release with the help of Paul Breda (Arturo de Cordova), pitting their wits against Reinhardt (Paul Lukas), the Gestapo Commissioner ...... There are some twists along the way ..... the citizens are to be executed in 72 hours.

The film contains obvious propaganda with all German soldiers portrayed as vile, vicious, shouty headmaster types. I found that Bendix's portrayal of a simpleton employed as a washroom assistant made me sometimes think "you're having a laugh!" - no-one is going to believe that slow, measured, deliberate delivery. Anyway, its a good film....and the rest of the cast do well.

It's an involved story so you will need to follow carefully or you may find it confusing. It moves at a quick pace and when the film ends, a lot has happened!


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