“I told you I thought this man is an amateur. If he is, why did he become a spy? Well, because he’s been listening to speeches, and reading pamphlets about Nazi Germany and believing them. Unfortunately, there are thousands like him in America. Half-witted, hysterical crackpots who go “Hitler-happy” from overindulgence in propaganda that makes them believe that they’re supermen.” – Edward ‘Ed’ Renard
Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – An FBI agent is assigned to try and uncover a Nazi spy ring in America prior to World War II.
My Take on it – Intriguing idea that just doesn’t manage to work as well enough as one would hope due to the over the top way that things are presented.
Edward G. Robinson is great in the lead and they do manage to show how possible this story can actually be since it comes across quite realistically the whole way through.
From a 2021 viewpoint, things look very realistic and genuine because of what we know about history, but for the people watching this when it was released over 80 years ago, the question remains as to how realistic they seemed to think this story was.
The film made lots of waves when it came out both in the US and in Germany (see Trivia section below) and the foresight of things is quite amazing to see.
The film is known for being one of the very first films that was able to show a negative view and be critical of the Nazi regime which was quite bold to do at the time, but in hindsight was a great choice.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Adolf Hitler reportedly planned to execute the makers of this film upon winning the war. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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