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Hitler -- Beast of Berlin
     

Hitler -- Beast of Berlin

Director: Sherman Scott, Roland Drew, Steffi Duna, Greta Granstedt

Cast: Sherman Scott, Roland Drew, Steffi Duna, Greta Granstedt

 

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Also known as Beasts of Berlin and Hitler: Beast of Berlin, this was the inagural effort of Producers Distributing Corporation-later to become famous (or infamous) as PRC Pictures. Set in Germany, the story concerned a dedicated group of anti-Nazis devoted to circulating propaganda literature. The leaders of the group are Roland Drew and his wife Steffi

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Also known as Beasts of Berlin and Hitler: Beast of Berlin, this was the inagural effort of Producers Distributing Corporation-later to become famous (or infamous) as PRC Pictures. Set in Germany, the story concerned a dedicated group of anti-Nazis devoted to circulating propaganda literature. The leaders of the group are Roland Drew and his wife Steffi Duna. After a terrifying sojourn in a concentration camp, hero and heroine are smuggled into Switzerland so that they may carry on their work in the Free World. Based on the novel Goose Step by Shepard Traube, this little quickie was among the earliest American films to cast Nazi Germany in a villainous light. That it wasn't the best hardly mattered to the various Bundists in the US, who lobbied to have the film banned. Billed fourth in Beast of Berlin was young Alan Ladd, who was advertised as the film's star when it was reissued in the early 1940s as Hell's Devils.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Despite its poverty row origins (or maybe because of them) and somewhat innocent take on Nazi atrocities, Hitler -- Beast of Berlin stands head and shoulders above later likeminded efforts from the major studios. The film not only defied the production code, which still carried an isolationist attitude, it also served to introduce Alan Ladd to moviegoers and Ladd fully lives up to his billing. In fact, the general acting in Hitler -- Beast of Berlin remains remarkably solid for a poverty row product but, then again, considering the many refugees from Hitler's terror among the cast members, acting verisimilitude should perhaps not come as a total surprise.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827691821
Original Release:
1939
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
62,777

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roland Drew Hans
Steffi Duna Elsa
Greta Granstedt Anna
Alan Ladd Karl
Lucien Prival Sachs
Vernon Dent Lustig
John Ellis Schulz
George Rosener Wunderlich
Hans Joby Lippert
Paul Panzer Actor
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Albert
Will Kaufman Herr Kohler
Dick Wessel Actor
Frederick Giermann Pommer
Hans Schumm Schaefer
Abe Dinovitch Actor
Joe Forte Berkley
Anna Lisa Actor
Francisco Maran Jouvet
John Peters Kruger
David Cross Col. Hess
Bob Stevenson Actor
Fredrik Vogeding Actor
Hans Von Morhart Braun
Crane Whitley Klee
Alex Palasthy Actor
Walter Thiele Actor

Technical Credits
Sherman Scott Director
David Chudnow Score Composer
Robert O. Crandall Editor
John H. Greenhalgh Cinematographer
Sigmund Neufeld Producer
Holbrook Todd Editor
Shepard Traube Original Story

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