Hitler – Dead or Alive

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Hitler - Dead or Alive
Hitler – Dead or Alive FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nick Grinde
Produced by Ben Judell
Written by Karl Brown
Screenplay by Sam Neuman
Starring Ward Bond
Music by Leo Erdody
Cinematography Paul Ivano
Edited by Jack Dennis
Ben Judell Productions
Distributed by Charles House
Release dates
12 November 1942
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hitler – Dead or Alive is a 1942 American war film directed by Nick Grinde.

Plot summary[edit]

The plot of this film was inspired by true events. During the early stages of World War II a prominent American businessman offered a reward of one million dollars to bring Adolf Hitler to justice, dead or alive. Russell Hicks plays the part of the American businessman in this film who hires three gangster ex-convicts released from Alcatraz prison. The gangsters are played by Ward Bond, Warren Hymer and Paul Fix.

The three join the Royal Canadian Air Force to enter Germany and pose as musicians to gain access to Hitler, played by Robert Watson. The gangsters quickly cut Hitler’s hair and shave off his mustache as SS soldiers try to break the door in. When the SS manage to enter the room they fail to recognize their leader and drag all the men, including Hitler, outside to be shot.

The quasi-comic tone of the film turns dead serious at the end, when a desperate Hitler makes a break for it and is shot by the SS officer in charge, who states disdainfully (and ironically): "To think that Germany could produce a piece of filth like you", and Bond makes a long patriotic speech while facing a firing squad.[1]


In other media[edit]

In November 2012, while being interviewed by Playboy magazine, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino admitted the inspiration for his film Inglourious Basterds came from Hitler - Dead or Alive.[2]

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