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When Hell Broke Loose (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 1 November 1958 (USA)
In 1945, a GI falls in-love with a German woman while elite German troops, in U.S.uniforms, carry out sabotage and assassinations behind American lines.

Director:

Kenneth G. Crane

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (written for the screen by), Ib Melchior (based upon factual articles by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Bronson ... Steve Boland
Richard Jaeckel ... Karl
Violet Rensing ... Ilsa
Robert Easton ... Jonesie
Eddie Foy III ... Brooklyn
Arvid Nelson Arvid Nelson ... Ludwig
Anne Wakefield Anne Wakefield ... Myra
Joley Marino Joley Marino ... Tommy
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Capt. Melton
Robert Stevenson ... Capt. Grayson (as Robert J. Stevenson)
Kathy Carlyle Kathy Carlyle ... Ruby
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Storyline

Near the end of the war in Germany, GI Steve Boland, a self-described "sharp-operator", meets a German girl, Ilsa, and they fall in love. Ilsa's brother Karl, whom she has not seen in three years, and his fellow-Nazi Ludwig visit Ilsa. Karl proudly informs her that he and Ludwig are "Werewolves", a group of Nazi assassins parachuted behind Allied lines for the purpose of killing Allied High Command officers. She and Steve go to Army Intelligence with their information, where Steve is immediately arrested for being A.W.O.L. Captain Melton of Army G-2 intervenes on Steve's behalf, as G-2 has had a suspicion about the existence of the "Werewolves" but no concrete info before now. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE MOST FANTASTIC PLOT OF WORLD WAR TWO! Women were their pawns...fanatics in GI uniforms their weapons--- See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando hierve el infierno See more »

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Production Co:

Dolworth Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Bronson is given an "Introducing" credit at the beginning of the film, even though this picture was made in 1958 and Bronson had been making films since 1951. See more »

Goofs

The Wehrmacht soldiers of the German Army were shown wearing WWI helmets instead of the proper M1942 steel helmets. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Except as to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, his staff, and the factual background taken from Periodic Report #262 of the Twelfth Corps, all characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional, Any similarity to other actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Not a bad idea but the film seems amazingly cheap.
24 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"When Hell Broke Loose" is one of Charles Bronson's earliest starring roles. Up until that time, he mostly played minor supporting characters but here he is THE star of this low-budget production. Bronson plays a rather amoral guy who is always looking out for himself--which is tough, as he's in the Army during WWII--a place where everyone must work as a team. Not surprisingly, he's often in trouble and has a horrible record as a serviceman. However, when he falls for a German woman, for once he thinks about another person. It becomes VERY complicated, however, when they both learn that her brother is a so-called 'werewolf'--a member of a team who dress like American G.I.s and who are dedicated to killing Eisenhower and disrupting the peace. What's next? See the film if you'd like...or not.

While Bronson does a good job in this early role, the film is pretty cheap--with only fair actors in support and lots of poor, grainy stock footage. It is interesting but just seemed cheap. Worth seeing if you love Bronson, otherwise easy to skip.


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