The Master Race

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The Master Race argues persuasively that, although it appeared that the Nazis would lose WW2, it was foolish to assume that Hitler's legacy would not insinuate itself into the postwar era. Nazi bigwig Von Beck (George Coulouris) arrives in a small Belgian village on the eve of its liberation by the Allied troops. It is Von Beck's plan to foment disharmony and bigotry amongst the villagers, thereby laying the groundwork for a German victory in the next war. But Von Beck soon discovers that the populace isn't quite as gullible as the herrenvolk had been when Hitler rose to power. Still, the film ends with a warning: the only way to avoid future world conflict is to thoroughly crush the instigators of the present war. Ironically, after hostilities ceased, Herbert J. Biberman, cowriter-director of The Master Race, was castigated by the anti-Red brigades for being, among other things, a "premature anti-fascist."


George Coulouris
as Col. Von Beck
Stanley Ridges
as Maj. Phil Carson
Osa Massen
as Helena Bartoc
Carl Esmond
as Andrey Krysztoff
Morris Carnovsky
as Old Man Bartoc
Eric Feldary
as Altmeier
Helen Beverly
as Mrs. Varin
Gavin Muir
as William Forsythe
Richard Nugent
as Sgt. O'Farrell
Jason Robards Sr.
as Jacob Weiner
Jason Robards Sr.
as Jacob Weiner
Merrill Rodin
as George Rudan
Merrill Roden
as George Rudan
Helene Thimig
as George's Mother (uncredited)
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