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The Master Race (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 22 September 1944 (USA)
In the dying days of WW2, a Nazi agent infiltrates a recently liberated Belgian town. His aim is to turn them against their Allied liberators.

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Herbert J. Biberman (screenplay), Anne Froelich (screenplay) (as Anne Froelick) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
George Coulouris ... Colonel Frederick Von Beck
Stanley Ridges ... Major Phil Carson
Osa Massen ... Helena
Carl Esmond ... Senior Lt. Andrei Krestov
Nancy Gates ... Nina
Morris Carnovsky ... Old Man Bartoc
Lloyd Bridges ... Frank Bartoc
Eric Feldary ... Ludwig Altmeier
Helen Beverly Helen Beverly ... Mrs. Martha Varin
Gavin Muir ... Captain William Forsythe
Paul Guilfoyle ... Josef Katry
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Sergeant Patrick O'Farrell (as Richard Nugent)
Ludwig Donath ... Schmidt (as Louis Donath)
Herbert Rudley ... John
Gigi Perreau ... Baby (as Ghislaine Perreau)
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When Allied troops liberate a small battle-scarred Belgium town in 1944 the American and British commanders do all they can to help the war-weary people back on their feet. There are mental and physical wounds to heal, fields to plow, the church to rebuild. But a top Nazi, knowing the War is lost, has infiltrated the town and is fostering dissent and disunity. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Raça Superior See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Was hastily put into production, adapted from an unproduced outline, following the D-Day Landings. See more »

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The British officer Captain William Forsythe gives a palm down American style salute. See more »

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An interesting idea though the film could have used a re-write.
29 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The story is about a group of Nazis who try to blend in the with locals in the waning days of the war. One in particular, Colonel Von Beck (George Coulouris) is the star of the film...and his methods seem bent on sowing discontent and chaos. Can the Allies figure out who this man is before it's too late?

According to IMDB, this film was rushed through production in order to capitalize on the recent Allied invasion of France. And, while I watched, the film did have a hurried feel to it. It wasn't due to the acting or music or cinematography but the story itself...a story that seemed like it needed a re-write as some of it was a bit rough. Some examples of how heavy-handed and shallow some of the scenes were would be the incredibly over-idealized Russian doctor as well as the church scene. In addition the film uses one of the worst cliches in film history...a person telling the evil person that they are going to turn them in to the authorities! You just KNOW what's gonna happen to this woman!

By the way, despite me not enjoying the story, George Coulouris was wonderful as the Nazi agent...and he was always excellent in playing awful characters.


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