Man Hunt

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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.

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

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Audience Reviews for Man Hunt

  • 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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • 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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