Hitler---Dead or Alive

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Believe it or not, this bizarre wartime "B"-picture was based on a true story. In the early stages of WWII, a prominent American businessman offered one million dollars to anyone who could nab Adolf Hitler and bring him to justice, dead or alive. This real-life character is herein played by Russell Hicks; accepting his offer, no questions asked, are ex-convicts Ward Bond, Warren Hymer and Paul Fix. Joining the Canadian Air Force, the three heroes-by-default strong-arm their way into Nazi Germany, then gain access to Hitler by posing as musicians. Robert Watson, frequent Hitler impersonator during the war years, co-stars as Der Fuhrer, who turns out to be a craven coward once he's shorn of his postage-stamp mustache (we're not making this up.) The quasi-comic tone of the film turns dead serious at the end, as a wild-eyed Ward Bond makes a long patriotic speech while facing a firing squad (previously shown mowing down little children in their bedclothes!). One of the oddest scenes in the picture finds the three former convicts busting out of the Dachau concentration camp -- and this before the world at large was unaware of the horrors going on behind the walls of this infamous death factory. Only one quibble: Why are there shadows of flames playing against Bond's face in the final scene, when there isn't any fire?


Ward Bond
as Steve Maschik
Warren Hymer
as Hans "Dutch" Havermann
Paul Fix
as Joe "The Book" Conway
Russell Hicks
as Samuel Thornton
Felix Basch
as Col. Hecht
Bruce Edwards
as Johnny Stevens
Fay Wall
as Greta
George Sorel
as Capt. Kuhn
Myra Marsh
as Miss Grange
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  • May 13, 2014
    Another film from the weird cinema collection and this one is actually pretty good. About some gangsters getting out of prison back in the forties and a millionaire has put out a bounty on Hitler's head, one million dollars which the 3 gangsters tend to collect. Made during war time to build up the sprit back home, lots of war propaganda, good story line. Worth 3 1/2 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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