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They Came to Blow Up America (1943)

Passed | | Drama, War | 7 May 1943 (USA)
An FBI agent infiltrates a Nazi sabotage school in Germany where men are trained for strategic destruction inside American borders.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

Aubrey Wisberg (screenplay), Michael Jacoby (original story) (as Michel Jacoby)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... Carl Steelman / Ernst Reiter
Anna Sten ... Frau Reiter
Ward Bond ... FBI Chief Craig
Dennis Hoey ... Col. Taeger
Sig Ruman ... Dr. Herman Holger
Ludwig Stössel ... Papa Julius Steelman
Robert Barrat ... Capt. Kranz
Liesl Handl ... Helga Lorenz (as Poldy Dur)
Ralph Byrd ... Burkhardt
Elsa Janssen ... Mama Henrietta Steelman (as Else Janssen)
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... Eichner
Charles McGraw ... Zellerbach
Sven Hugo Borg ... Cmdr. Ullrich Hauser
Kurt Katch ... Schonzeit
Otto Reichow Otto Reichow ... Adam - S.S. Trooper
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Storyline

Because of his German parentage, government agent Carl Steelman is assigned to by his chief, Craig, to join the Nazi Bund, to obtain information on the underground activities of the group. Steelman is welcomed and becomes a trusted member of the group. His father, Julius Steelman, unaware of this son's real mission, drives him from their home. The government agents raid a Bund meeting and Steelman assumes the identity of one of the members who was about to depart to Germany for training. In Berlin, Steelman meets and falls in love with Helga Lorenz, a member of the German underground. In order to hide his true identity and complete his mission, Steelman has to betray the girl to the Gestapo, but later manages to rescue her and see her safely on her way to England. Frau Reiter, wife of the man whose identity Steelman has assumed, threatens to turn him over to the police. He convinces the Gestapo that she is crazy and she is confined to an insane asylum. His training completed, Steelman... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School for Sabotage See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

U-159 is depicted as dispatching the 4 saboteurs when is fact the actual submarine was U202. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a building in Berlin is shown with a sign that says "Abteilung Geheimdienst", which means "Secret Service". However, it was translated in the film as "Naval Intelligence". A more appropriate sign would have read "Marine Nachrichten Geheimdienst". See more »

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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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George Sanders undercover
24 December 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"They Came to Blow up America" looks to be a B movie. It stars the suave, always reliable George Sanders as Steelman, an American of German heritage who is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the Nazis as a spy. Even his parents believe that he has joined the Nazi movement. He is given the identity of someone else and sent to Germany, eventually ending up on a saboteur mission.

The film is told in flashback, with the FBI man who recruited Steelman (Ward Bond) explaining to an underling what really went on.

Sanders is good. He played villains well, so during the war, he was often cast as a Nazi! The supporting cast includes Anna Sten and Ludwig Stossel, who plays Steelman's father.

Ward Bond was a best friend of Clark Gable, and I couldn't help but notice the similarity of their voices in this film. Even their speaking rhythm was similar. Close your eyes, and you'd swear it was Gable.


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