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Underground (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 28 June 1941 (USA)
A World War II Hollywood propaganda film detailing the dark underside of Nazism and the Third Reich set between two brothers, Kurt and Erik Franken, whom are SS officers in the Nazi party. ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Charles Grayson (screenplay), Edwin Justus Mayer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ... Kurt Franken
Philip Dorn ... Eric Franken
Kaaren Verne ... Sylvia Helmuth
Mona Maris ... Fräulein Gessner
Peter Whitney ... Alex
Martin Kosleck ... Heller
Erwin Kalser Erwin Kalser ... Dr. Franken
Ilka Grüning ... Frau Franken (as Ilka Gruning)
Frank Reicher ... Professor Baumer
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Herr Director
Ludwig Stössel ... Herr Müller (as Ludwig Stossel)
Hans Schumm ... Heller's Aide
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Hoffman
Roland Varno ... Ernst Demmler
Henry Brandon ... Rolf
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Storyline

A World War II Hollywood propaganda film detailing the dark underside of Nazism and the Third Reich set between two brothers, Kurt and Erik Franken, whom are SS officers in the Nazi party. Kurt learns and exposes the evils of the system to Erik and tries to convince him of the immoral stance that marches under the symbol of the swastika. Written by Anonymous

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The World's Secret Battlefront! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz da Liberdade See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film of Peter Whitney. See more »

Quotes

Kurt Franken: I'm not going to let you go on working with those traitors.
Sylvia Helmuth: Take me back and I'll do anything you want me to do. You'll only take me back.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388 (Roses from the South)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played on the violin at Maxels Cafe
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Early look at Nazi Germany
12 November 2000 | by reve-2See all my reviews

This movie was made before the US entry into WWII. But, the story line clearly indicates the concerns we had with the Nazi party in Germany and their blatant disregard for the well being of their citizenry. There are no war scenes and only a couple of short action sequences but, despite this, the story moves at a very comfortable pace. Very good acting all around with Philip Dorn excelling as the leader of an underground group striving to keep the citizens informed as to the real aims of their Nazi leaders. He does this via a clandestine illegal radio operation which, of necessity, must continually move to various locales to transmit. Jeffrey Lynn plays Dorn's brother, a German soldier who, minus most of his left arm, returns home but is still a loyal German who is unaware of his brother's underground activities. This story is a good one and avoids most of the cliches that permeated many similar WWII movies. Martin Kosleck plays his usual role, that of an officious German officer but, even he, tones down his role and does not appear as menacing as he later became in other similar films. I enjoyed this 95 minute story and definitely recommend it to all fans of the suspense melodrama genre.


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