Hitler – Dead or Alive
|Hitler - Dead or Alive|
|Directed by||Nick Grinde|
|Produced by||Ben Judell|
|Written by||Karl Brown|
|Screenplay by||Sam Neuman|
|Music by||Leo Erdody|
|Edited by||Jack Dennis|
Ben Judell Productions
|Distributed by||Charles House|
In 1939, during the early days of World War II, Samuel Thornton (Russell Hicks), a prominent American businessman, offers a reward of one million dollars to bring Adolf Hitler to justice, dead or alive. He hires three gangster ex-convicts released from Alcatraz prison, Steve Maschick (Ward Bond), Hans "Dutch" Havermann (Warren Hymer) and Joe "The Book" Conway (Paul Fix).
The three join the Royal Canadian Air Force and hijack an aircraft flown by Johnny Stevens (Bruce Edwards) to enter German airspace. With Johnny joining them, the group pose as musicians to gain access to Hitler, (Bobby Watson). with the help of Else von Brandt (Dorothy Tree), the gangsters capture and quickly cut his hair and shave off his moustache 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.
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." Steve makes a long patriotic speech while facing a firing squad.
- Ward Bond as Steve Maschick
- Dorothy Tree as Else von Brandt
- Warren Hymer as Hans "Dutch" Havermann
- Paul Fix as Joe "The Book" Conway
- Russell Hicks as Samuel Thornton
- Bruce Edwards as Johnny Stevens
- Felix Basch as Col. Hecht
- Bobby Watson as Adolf Hitler (credited as Bob Watson)
- Frederick Giermann as Meyer
- Kenneth Harlan as Cutler
- Fee Malten as Greta
Film historian Alun Evans in Brassey's Guide to War Films, reviewed Hitler – Dead or Alive, comparing and contrasting it to other contemporary features, The Devil with Hitler, (1942), That Nazi Nuisance (1943) and The Hitler Gang (1944). He noted the earlier film was "... (a) Satirical farce about three ex-Alcatraz cons plotting to kill Hitler ..."
In other media
- Erickson, Hal. "Review: 'Hitler: Dead or Alive' (1942)." Allmovie. Retrieved: April 8, 2017.
- "Notes: 'Hitler – Dead or Alive' (1942)." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: April 8, 2017.
- "Original print information: 'Hitler – Dead or Alive' (1942)." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: April 8, 2017.
- Evans 2000, p. 97.
- "Celebrity interview with Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino'." Playboy, November 16, 2012. Retrieved: April 8, 2017.
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