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Man Hunt (1941)

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A hunter finds himself in a world of danger when he decides to stalk Adolf Hitler in this taut WWII thriller. Capt. Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is an expert big-game hunter from England. While hunting in Bavaria, he happens upon Hitler's Berchtesgaden estate and spots the Fuhrer; he has his rifle in tow, and he toys with the idea of firing at the dictator, even raising the unloaded weapon, putting Hitler in the crosshairs, and pulling the trigger to make the gun click. Unfortunately, this draws the attention of Maj. Quive-Smith (George Sanders), a Gestapo leader assigned to guard the Führer, who promptly apprehends Thorndike, drags him off and attempts to force him to sign a confession. When he refuses, he's brutally beaten and dumped into a hole in the woods, and must climb out and make his way to safety, by hiding as a stowaway on a Danish steamer. The poor fellow then runs afoul of the menacing Mr. Jones (John Carradine), who steals his passport and identity. By the time Thorndike returns to London, the hunter has become the hunted, with Gestapo agents combing the streets looking for the would-be assassin. Man Hunt was directed by Fritz Lang, the great German director who fled to Paris in 1933 rather than accept a commission from Joseph Goebbels to make Nazi propaganda films. He came to America the following year.

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Cast

Walter Pidgeon
as Capt. Thorndike
George Sanders
as Maj. Quive-Smith
John Carradine
as Mr. Jones
Roddy McDowall
as Vaner The Cabin Boy
Heather Thatcher
as Lady Risborough
Frederic Worlock
as Lord Risborough
Roger Imhof
as Capt. Jensen
Egon Brecher
as Whiskers
Holmes Herbert
as Farnsworthy
Fredrik Vogeding
as Ambassador
Lucien Prival
as Umbrella Man
Edgar Licho
as Little Fat Man
Eily Malyon
as Postmistress
John Rogers
as Cockney
Arno Frey
as Police Lieutenant
Keith Hitchcock
as London Bobby
Adolph Milar
as Pigeon Man
Hans Joby
as Tracker
Douglas Gerrard
as Policeman
Clifford Severn
as Cockney Boy
Charles Bennett
as Costermonger
Bobby Hale
as Costermonger
Frank Benson
as Cab Driver
Cyril Delevanti
as Cab Driver
Bruce Lister
as Co-Pilot
Olaf Hytten
as Secretary
William Von Brincken
as Chief of Harbor Police
Virginia McDowall
as Postmistress' Daughter
Bruce Lester
as Co-Pilot
Richard Fraser
as Navigator
Kurt Kreuger
as German Attache
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Critic Reviews for Man Hunt

All Critics (10)

This farfetched thriller offers some well-crafted noir-like breathtaking chase sequences that are tense and absorbing.

Full Review… | February 4, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In 'Man Hunt,' tracking shots are literally tracking shots: When Lang's camera glides, it's in pursuit of a quarry, as if it were participating in what the movie's hero refers to as 'a sporting stalk.'

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

it seems to lose sight of the daring adventure aspect and swerves into a fluffy romance

Full Review… | January 9, 2010
7M Pictures

Lang's vision of the "unconscious assassins" unleashed for war

Full Review… | August 26, 2009
CinePassion

Fritz Lang's WWII spy drama about a British hunter who stalks Hitler is sharply written by ace scribe Dudley Nichols and well acted by Walter Pidgeon in the lead and George Sanders in the supporting role of the Nazi chief who pursues him.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

Well crafted spy thriller.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Man Hunt

Captain Alan Thorndike: I present you with this dangerous weapon, madmoiselle, with my undying gratitude and admiration. May you never lodge it in the wrong heart. Man Hunt is a very interesting movie from Fritz Lang. It has a little bit of everything and it's really well directed, which shouldn't be a shock coming from Lang. At once, it's fun and light and there's jokes and then all of a sudden tones will shift and the film changes to something more serious. This wouldn't work with a lot of other films, but it does here. Capt. Thorndike is hunting in Germany. We see him come to a ledge and put Hitler in his sights. He pulls the trigger, but there isn't a bullet in it, which he knows. As he begins to get up to leave, he changes his mind and puts a bullet in the gun and re aims at Hitler. A Nazi guard spots him and takes him into custody. He ends up getting away, and soon the hunter becomes the hunted when Maj. Quive-Smith of the German Gestapo won't rest until Thorndike has signed a paper confessing to trying to assassinate Hitler under the command of the British military. I really loved Man Hunt. There were two good performances from Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders, and although I didn't care for Joan Bennett; she didn't ruin the movie though. In the end, this was one hell of a fun and suspenseful ride from one of the masters, Fritz Lang.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Compact well directed drama of the dawning realization of the Nazi threat in Europe. A noir before that was a popular genre. Pidgeon handles his role well, moving from the lighter tone at the start of the film to the serious one later on. Joan Bennett is a breezy delight as a practitioner of the world's oldest profession. She did some of her best work in Lang films, he was a tough director but she was herself a straight shooter who had no problem giving as good as she got enabling them to work well together through four films.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Man Hunt is an earlier American Fritz Lang film that I'm also guessing is one of his most personal. Walter Pidgeon plays a famous British big game hunter who could have easily taken out Hitler. He's captured and his escape escalates, leaving the possibility of international ramifications almost imminent. Walter Pidgeon plays the man on the run and George Sanders is his adversary. Both are great here as is a baby Roddy McDowell. Joan Bennett's definitely easy on the eyes but her cockney accent made me want to forcibly remove my eardrums from my goddamned head, almost driving me as nuts as the dynamic between Pidgeon and Bennett. It's Joan Bennett! You ask if you can drink her bath water, you don't talk to her like she's your sister's kid! What the hell's wrong with you!?!? Lang's direction is often eerie and noirish and was a nice precursor to the other films he'd make with Bennett, Scarlett Street and Woman in the Window.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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