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Hitler Lives (1945)

This short propaganda film, produced at the end of World War II, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas of racial hatred, violence and conquest live on in the German people, and in like-minded people in the United States.

Director:

Don Siegel (uncredited)

Writer:

Saul Elkins
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Knox Manning ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

This short, produced at the end of WWII, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas live on in the German people. The world must stay ever vigilant so that Germany cannot make war against the world again. We must not be duped by Germany, as we were in the past, to believe that it is a peace-loving nation. The USA must also be on guard against those in America who sympathized with Germany and preach race hatred and violence in this country. The film uses dramatized footage interspersed with historical footage and newsreels. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Approved

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler Lives See more »

Company Credits

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

Someone at Warner Bros. discovered a rule that any film done by the army could be shown to the general public if the soundtrack was replaced by a new one. So the original narration was removed and replaced by a new one; contrary to popular belief, it was the short that won the Oscar, not Dr. Seuss (real name Theodore Geisel), who had written the script for the original short. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The problem now is future peace.
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Connections

Edited into In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994) See more »

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Propaganda Tells Us About the Propagandists
25 February 2007 | by jeremy_shopsSee all my reviews

As has been noted, this is unmitigated propaganda. As with all good propaganda, there are elements of truth sprinkled throughout.

Fact is, there is a part of the German character that (not unlike "patriotic" Americans) believes in racial or societal or cultural superiority.

Totally unaware of the irony, this film attributes to Germans many of the same threats to society that 1930s Nazi propaganda assigned to Jews, gypsies, and gays. This film was made a decade before Brown v. Board of Education, two decades before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, more than half a century before 9/11.

"Others" are to blame, you know. They always are.


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