Man Hunt

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Renowned big-game hunter Captain Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is hunting in the Bavarian forest when he stumbles upon Adolf Hitler's vacation residence. Tempted by the idea of assassinating the dictator, he's apprehended and beaten before escaping and stowing away on a steamship back to England. Onboard, Thorndike has his identity stolen by the smooth-talking con man Mr. Jones (John Carradine). Both men soon discover that Gestapo agents are swarming London, looking for the would-be assassin.

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  • Apr 30, 2014
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2010
    What's most interesting about "Man Hunt" is that it's an anti-Hitler film made as early as 1941. It's also fun to see a short appearance by the 12-year-old Roddy McDowall -- so young, yet he already has all the familiar mannerisms. The wide eyes, the wounded looks of concern.... The final confrontation between Thorndike and his Nazi adversary is tensely exciting, but the corny, "patriotic" denouement plays like the film was taken out of Fritz Lang's hands and given to a more commercial-minded director.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2010
    "Man Hunt" starts with hunter Alan Thorndike(Walter Pidgeon) taking aim on a mountain ridge in July 1939 at his target which turns out to be Adolf Hitler. He loads a bullet and is about to pull the trigger when a German soldier tackles him to the ground. When tortured and interrogated by a Nazi officer(George Sanders, replete with monocle), he claims, evidence to the contrary, that he was just stalking his prey with no intent to actually shoot. The officer says that he will let him go free if he will just sign a confession to the attempted assasination under orders from the British government. No dice and Thorndike is left for dead but manages to survive, as the hunter becomes the hunted... "Man Hunt" is an atmospheric, provocative and entertaining thriller that centers around a bit of speculation, imagining the possibility of Hitler being stopped before the beginning of World War II and the Nazi war engines could be unleashed on an unsuspecting world. So, I guess you could say that this movie might fit in with director Fritz Lang's continuing examination of civic responsibility but on a much larger scale this time around. Of course, that's up for debate, as Thorndike wants to kill Hitler not for what he has done, but for what he will do. However, as evil as Hitler was, he was just one man and there were many more Nazis willing to do his bidding, as Thorndike finds out the hard way as he has to duck Nazi agents both home and abroad.
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  • Apr 20, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer

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