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The Devil Makes Three (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Romance, Thriller | 19 September 1952 (USA)
In 1947, an American pilot returns to Germany to find a family that saved his life during WW2 but he stumbles upon a secret Neo-Nazi group.

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writers:

Lawrence P. Bachmann (story) (as Lawrence Bachmann), Jerry Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Kelly ... Capt. Jeff Eliot
Pier Angeli ... Wilhelmina (Willie) Lehrt
Richard Rober ... Col. James Terry
Richard Egan ... Lt. Parker
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Heisemann
Wilfried Seyferth Wilfried Seyferth ... Hansig
Margot Hielscher ... Cabaret Singer
Annie Rosar ... Mrs. Keigler
Harold Benedict Harold Benedict ... Sgt. at Airport
Otto Gebühr ... Mr. Nolder
Gertrud Wolle Gertrud Wolle ... Mrs. Nolder
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Keigler
Charlotte Flemming Charlotte Flemming ... Girl in Telephone Booth
Charles Gordon Howard Charles Gordon Howard ... Lt. Farris
Bum Krüger Bum Krüger ... Oberlitz
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Storyline

1947: Captain Jeff Eliott returns to Germany to thank the Lehrt family, who hid him during WW-II when his plane was shot down over Munich. However he learns that the parents died when their house was bombed, only their daughter Wilhelmina, now 18, is still alive. He finds the pretty girl working as nightclub hostess and shortly after starts dating her. She doesn't tell him that an underground neo-Nazi organization compels her to work for them, and soon gets Jeff involved in their machinations, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"Are you the man they always use to trap women?"


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Autobahn See more »

Filming Locations:

Salzburg, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,005,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$743,000, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,485,000, 31 December 1952
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The end of the movie was filmed at the ruins of 'Adolf Hitler' (qf)'s Berghof in Obersalzberg. They clearly used the entry hall with the vaulted ceilings and the conference room with the giant picture window. See more »

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Richard Egan's character is first introduced and billed as Lt. Parker (and wears a single rank bar on his uniform), yet when Captain Eliot is speaking with Colonel Terry, he is introduced as Captain Parker. See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Christmas Tree
Music by Bronislau Kaper
German lyrics by Friedrich Hollaender
English lyrics by Jack Brooks
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The Neo-Nazis fight on.
2 June 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

One of many of the post-war (WW II)films built around the theme of German nationalist's out to rebuild the Nazi Reich, this one is a bit less documentary-styled than most of the others. But the screenplay( by Jerry Davis) pulls few punches in depicting the Munich of 1947---the bombed-out homes, the bitterness, the German self-pity (justifibaly so in most cases, but with the blame placed on the wrong doorsteps) and the struggle and fight for survival.

Simplified, the story has U.S. Captain Jeff Elliott (Gene Kelly) returning to Germany to visit the family that once saved his life, learns that the only one still alive is the family's youngest, Wilhelmina "Willie" Lehrt (Pier Angeli), as the rest of the family were victims of an Allied air raid strike. "Willie", now working as a cabaret singer and forcibly-involved with a gold-smuggling gang, working to restart Hitler's 1000-year reign-plan,does not receive Elliott with open arms.

The film, as originally shown in the USA in the 96-minute version, is primarily all-characters speaking English, but IS sub-titled when the characters speak German. (Maybe they felt no need to outside of English-speaking countries.) Shot on location, including shots at Salzburg and a scene in the Mozarteum and the finale which finds the Nazi leader trapped in the ruined desolation of Hitler's Berchtesgaden Eagle's Nest.

Songs heard in the film include "Can Love Come Back Again." "Oh, Christmas Tree" and "Wie Sole Das Bazahlen."


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