Hitler -- Beast of Berlin

Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • UPC: 089218514592
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,693

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Aland Ladd: Beast of Berlin
2. Chapter 1 [11:32]
3. Chapter 2 [11:20]
4. Chapter 3 [13:21]
5. Chapter 4 [12:54]
6. Chapter 5 [10:57]
7. Chapter 6 [6:39]
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