Underground

Overview

Underground is an average Warner Bros. suspenser, given a boost by its unrelenting portrayal of Nazis as verminous scum--several months before America's entry into World War II. Jeffrey Lynn plays an impressionable young European who is intoxicated by the "glories" of National Socialism. Lynn's brother, Philip Dorn, is on the opposite side of the fence as an announcer for an underground Resistance radio station. At first scornful of his brother's activities, Lynn soon learns that Hitler isn't the saint he ...
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Overview

Underground is an average Warner Bros. suspenser, given a boost by its unrelenting portrayal of Nazis as verminous scum--several months before America's entry into World War II. Jeffrey Lynn plays an impressionable young European who is intoxicated by the "glories" of National Socialism. Lynn's brother, Philip Dorn, is on the opposite side of the fence as an announcer for an underground Resistance radio station. At first scornful of his brother's activities, Lynn soon learns that Hitler isn't the saint he believed him to be--especially after several of his friends are liquidated by the Gestapo. Lynn belatedly joins his brother's cause and, at the cost of his own life, helps the Resistance thwart a band of fifth columnists. Underground is a solid piece of film craftsmanship, lacking only the big star names that would have made it a box-office hit.
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Special Features

Features two fascinating interviews by Lloyd Kaufman with legendary Hollywood director Vincent Sherman at 98 years young!; Underground production notes; A look inside Vincent Sherman's personal scrapbook!; Theatrical trailer for Samuel Fuller's classic Shark starring Burt Reynolds!; "Radiation March" and more!!!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's shamelessly manipulative and doesn't paint an accurate picture of the German resistance during World War II, but Underground is a crackling good melodrama anyway. Forget about subtlety in the screenplay; Underground was created as a propaganda piece, and its makes sure that its message is in no way missed: There's good, there's evil, and if you can't tell which is which (as Jeffrey Lynn's character cannot), then going to be a terrible price to pay. This simplistic approach negates some of the impact of the film as drama, but most viewers will still be caught up in the proceedings and won't mind too much. Vincent Sherman's crisp, clean direction keeps the story barreling along very nicely, aided by Thomas Pratt's tight, dramatic editing and Sidney Hickox's noir-ish cinematography. The cast lacks star names, but they do quite well, even when their parts are not particularly well written. Lynn is very effective as the dedicated Nazi who finally has his eyes opened, and Philip Dorn is even better as the brother who is dedicated to fighting the evil regime. Kaaren Verne and Mona Maris also score, and Martin Kosleck plays another of his especially vile Nazis with his usual flair. And in the small role of a captured Resistance worker being offered his freedom if he betrays his colleagues, Wolfgang Zilzer makes a definite impression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 785604208921
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Roan Archival Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Remastered / Special Edition
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 92,249

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Lynn Kurt Franken
Philip Dorn Eric Franken
Kaaren Verne Sylvia Helmuth
Mona Maris Fraulein Gessner
Frank Reicher Prof. Baumer
Peter Whitney Alex
Martin Kosleck Heller
Erwin Kalser Dr. Franken
Ilka Gruning Frau Kranken
Egon Brecher Herr Director
Ludwig Stossel Herr Muller
Hans Schumm Heller's Aide
Wolfgang Zilzer Hoffman
Henry Brandon Rolf
Lotte Palfi Greta Rolf
Lisa Golm Ella
Louis Arco Otto
Roland Drew Gestapo
Rudolph Anders
Edith Angold Cashier
Walter Bonn Lieutenant
William Von Brincken Capt. Bornsdorff
Glen Cavender Man
Hans Conried Herman
Arno Frey Guard
Frederick Giermann
Ludwig Hardt Clerk
Ernst Hausman Rudd
David Hoffman Willi
Will Kaufman Customer
Hans Von Morhart
Paul Panzer Janitor
John Piffle Herr Mazel
Otto Reichow
Henry Rowland Paul
Lionel Royce Captain
Norbert Schiller Blind Man
Bob Stevenson Gestapo Man
Roland Varno Ernst Demmler
Erno Verebes Head Waiter
Henry Victor
Crane Whitley
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver H.P. Garrett Original Story
Charles Grayson Screenwriter
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
William Jacobs Producer
Edwin Justus Mayer Original Story
Charles Novi Art Director
Thomas Pratt Editor
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Illegal Radio [15:21]
2. Voice of Truth [13:56]
3. Nazi Infiltration [22:54]
4. Interrogation [10:27]
5. Betrayal [15:26]
6. Horrors of Nazi Germany [16:33]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Chapter Select
   Bonus Materials
      Interview With Legendary Film Director Vincent Sherman on Black Lisitng
      Interview With Vincent Sherman on the Making of Underground
      Radiation March
      Shark Trailer
   Film Background
   Credits
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