Martin Schulz (Paul Lukas), a German/American art dealer, returns to Germany at the outbreak of World War Two, adopts the Nazi propaganda philosophy, refuses to protect the Jewish fiancee, Griselle Eisenstein (K.T. Stevens), of his son Heinrich Schulz (Peter Van Eyck), who has stayed in America to run the family business - and ultimately falls victim to the Gestapo himself.Written by
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After his return to Germany, Martin Schulz (Paul Lukas) turns a table lamp off. The push on/off switch on the lamp is an American model that would not be in Germany or used with 220V fixtures. See more »
Baron von Friesche:
Does he know the conditions he doesn't like? I find that hard to understand. I myself would hesitate to form conclusions without firsthand evidence. You must set him right. I suppose it isn't easy for a foreigner to understand the agonies our people have suffered since the Treaty of Versailles. What years of less and less bread, of leaner bodies, of the end of hope...
[pauses to offer Herr Schulz a cigarette]
[accepting a cigarette]
Oh, thank you.
Baron von Friesche:
The quicksand of despair held us. Then just before ...
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Martin Schulz (Paul Lukas) and Max Eisenstein (Morris Carnovsky) are business partners. Martin moves to Germany with all of his family except for his eldest son Heinrich (Peter van Eyck), who stays behind to look after things in San Francisco with Max. Meanwhile, Max's daughter Griselle (KT Stevens) travels to Germany to become an actress. The families are very close and Heinrich and Griselle have future plans to marry. Once Baron von Friesche (Carl Esmond) appears on the scene, Martin goes through a change and is indoctrinated into the Nazi lifestyle. This means rejecting his Jewish friend, Max, and his friend's daughter Griselle.
The story develops through letter correspondence between the two friends, Martin and Max. There are several stand out scenes, my favourites being the performance at the theatre when Griselle disobeys the Nazi authorities and the following chase that ensues in order to catch her. The acting is good, particularly from Carl Esmond. You just know that there is a nasty ulterior motive lurking behind everything that he says and does. Once Martin begins to receive coded letters, suspicion is aroused by the German censors and it's a matter of time before something happens to him... There is a twist at the end.
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