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Tomorrow, the World! (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 29 December 1944 (USA)
German boy Emil comes to live with his American uncle who tries to teach the former Hitler Youth to reject Nazism.

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German boy Emil comes to live with his American uncle who tries to teach the former Hitler Youth to reject Nazism.

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The stage play upon which this film was based was considered a triumph of its era, a much-needed propaganda tool that won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1943. However, the passing of time has revealed its stringent and biased slant, as the Nazi youth is portrayed as a caricatured, one-note menace while all of the American characters are drawn as naive, unthinking and collectively patriotic. This facet, in addition to the topical subject matter, has rendered the vehicle wholly unrevivable. See more »

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When Emil appears in his Nazi uniform, the shirt and pants are those of the Hitler Youth (which is appropriate for someone his age). However, the armband is not that of the Hitler Youth (alternating red and white bands with a swastika inside a white diamond), but that of a regular party member (solid red background with a swastika in a white circle). He would not have been eligible for full party membership - and the party armband - until his 18th birthday. See more »

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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

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Thoughtful film with strong performances
6 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Based on a play, the movie tells the story of an American family that adopts an orphaned German relative before the end of WWII. To their horror, the boy is a Hitler Youth who spouts anti-semitic rhetoric and boasts of Germany's ultimate victory (Tomorrow the World!). Fredric March gives his usual wonderful performance as the uncle, Agnes Moorehead is once again convincing as the maiden aunt lacking self-confidence, and Betty Field is great as the intelligent school teacher/fiancee who tries hard to understand the boy. The real treat here is Joan Carroll, who plays March's young daughter with such charm and ease that she just lights up every scene she's in.

Some dialog contributed by Ring Lardner, Jr., whose characteristic crackle is most welcome in what could be a preach-a-thon.


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