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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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Cast

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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The dramatic shock of the century! See more »

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Januray 15, 1945 with George Coulouris and Helen Beverly reprising their film roles. 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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Ties to HUAC
12 November 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

Herbert Biberman (1900-1971) is the writer and director of this 1944 film. Biberman was a member of the left wing theatre group in New York City and was married to Gale Sondergaard. Both Biberman and Sondergaard were victims of the HUAC "red scare" – Biberman served time in prison and both were blacklisted.

This was his third film as director, fifth as a writer.

Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998) has a minor role in the film. Bridges too was briefly blacklisted but turned around and would be a staunch right wing presence.

(Doc) Robert Golden produced the film. He also produced "Hitler's Children" (1943) which was directed by Edward Dmytryk, another director imprisoned during the HUAC trials. "Hitler's Children" was the most successful film for RKO, even surpassing King Kong, and led to this film being made.

From the film there aren't many obvious communist themes, but there is a sympathetic Russian soldier and there is a lot of emphasis on people working together. The film is ardently anti-Nazi.

George Coulouris (1903-1989) gives the best performance of his career. Osa Massen (1914-2006) is excellent.


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