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When Hell Broke Loose (1958)

Approved | | War , Drama | 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 Bloodiest Plot Of World War Two! See more »

Genres:

War | Drama

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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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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

Closing credits epilogue: A GOOD CAST IS WORTH REMEMBERING See more »

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The Army, Bronson-style .........
24 May 2006 | by revdrcacSee all my reviews

Charles Bronson enjoyed one of the longest movie careers of any of his contemporaries. Although he has had his detractors, his appeal has reached across the generations , from westerns to war films to cop/vigilante films.

All hell literally breaks loose here as Bronson tries to save the day.

In this film, Bronson begins to gravitate toward the kind of action film that he perfected in the 70's and beyond. His tough, heroic GI faced with a tough & unusual mission is very well acted. Although the script was nothing spectacular, the film is worth a look to see a legendary star on the brink of his memorable tough-guy career.


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