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Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | January 1945 (USA)
A downed American bomber crew quickly falls prey to the clever interrogation techniques of the Germans in this dramatic training film.

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Bernard Vorhaus (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Louis Adlon ... Maj. Franz Kohmer (uncredited)
Rand Brooks ... Pilot (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn Frederic Brunn ... German Yard Guard (uncredited)
George Dolenz ... Capt. Volbricht (uncredited)
Carl Esmond ... Maj. von Behn - Nazi Commandant (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Dr. Victor Münz - Camp Doctor (uncredited)
Liesl Handl ... Nazi Nurse (uncredited)
Arthur Kennedy ... Sgt. Alfred Mason (uncredited)
Sam Locke Sam Locke ... Nazi (uncredited)
Lloyd Nolan ... USAF Debriefing Officer / Narrator (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... American Pilot at Headquarters (uncredited)
Don Porter ... Lt. Frank L. Williams, Jr. - American Co-pilot (uncredited)
Otto Reichow Otto Reichow ... German Prison Guard (uncredited)
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... German Sgt. Renser (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German Guard (uncredited)
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The five man crew of an American bomber shot down over Italy arrive at a German interrogation station named Dulag Luft. Although reminded to provide only their name, rank and serial number, the new POWs quickly fall prey to the cunning tricks and non-violent interrogation techniques of their Nazi captors and beginning providing seemingly harmless information, which is quickly and cleverly pieced together to become valuable military intelligence. The Germans are excellent at identifying the weakness of each prisoner and selecting the interrogation techniques most suitable for that particular prisoner, like buddying up to the friendly, further scaring those already scared, and prodding the braggarts into boasting about American capabilities and intended actions. Written by TimeNTide

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nazi Interrogation See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Major von Behn - Nazi Commandant: Just as there is no such thing as an innocent question, there is no such thing as a valueless statement.
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Nice use of archetypes.
6 January 2005 | by L_MillerSee all my reviews

Other comments cover the quality; the interesting part is how the Germans identify the weaknesses of each man and play to them. I don't know if the Nazis were always as subtle as this (I imagine a lit cigarette to the groin or pulling out a few fingernails to a subject or his friends would encourage a frank and open discussion).

Good film, relatively propaganda free. It's interesting to watch the way American WWII propaganda treats the Germans as opposed to the Japanese. The Germans are usually portrayed as sophisticated and slimy while the Japanese are shown as little more than cunning animals. Compare "Identification of the Japanese Zero" with this film.

Watchable on its own terms, interesting to watch the Germans working on each guy in their own way and piecing together the scraps they get from each man to finding the whole story. I imagine the black-bag boys at Gitmo are doing much the same thing.


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