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Correction is needed please
- Ray from Baltimore
I have to agree with Minnie Fleur that the girl identified in the credits as Ava Gardner is not Ava Gardner. I believe that Minnie is correct when she states that the next girl in line is really Ava Gardner, although all the girls in the lineup are exceptionally beautiful, as is the lead actress. I must disagree with the suggestion that a young Ava Gardner is the only reason to watch this movie. John Carradine gives a really sinister performance as the "Protector", and some of the scenes, especially the scene with the lineup of the young women, pack a real wallop. The scene depicts a round-up of young Czech women for use as "comfort girls" for the German Army.
Disturbing Film based on Fact
- Barbara Ember
Just when I think I have read or seen on film one horror after another committed by the Nazi Regime I find this gem of a film honoring the people of the Czech village who lost everything in such cruel ways. Thankfully they were remembered by those of good heart. Carradine turned in a remarkable performance as the Nazi Commandant. Thank you for showing this piece of history i.e. film and story.
Sometimes negative publicity- in this case, a ' politically correct ' approved 85 minutes of hate- could have a reverse psychological effect on a mind causing that one to examine, from primary & sympathetic sources, the actuality of thought & means (as based on the historical principles of the defeated enemy) from which to draw his own conclusion!
- kevin sellers
If, as the previous reviews intimate, the main reason to watch this film is to see the fleeting, nubile frame of a 19 year old gal from Smithfield North Carolina then you know you're dealing with a pretty crude piece of anti Nazi propaganda rather than an actual film with believable characters. Certainly, Sirk would go on to bigger and better things. Not so sure about Ava, though. Give it a C 'stead of a D for the effectively sinister cinematography by Eugene Shufftan (who also went on to higher achievements.) P.S. The female lead, Patricia Morrison, was alluring as hell but did not exactly exert herself in the acting dept. Maybe that's why she's still around at 101.
- Minnie Fleur
The girl who plays "Katy Chotnik" is not Ava Gardner; the next girl, "Francesca Petryck" (sp?), is Ava Gardner. TCM: Correct the credit listing ASAP, & the description in the "Just Watched," as an overdue courtesy to Ava. Given the facts that 2014 is MGM's 90th anniv., Mickey Rooney passed away, his birthday is next month, & this film was made when Ava was 19 & still Mickey's wife, & Mickey's work provided so much profit for MGM, TCM's website should show polite regard for Ava's work.
Good WW2 Drama
Good WW2 factual drama showing events during the Nazi occupation of the Czech town of Lidice & the massacre there in June 1942. I was suprised that even in 1942/43 when the code was in full force this film was allowed to be clear that Hydrich's intent for the young women of the town was have them serve as prostitutes for Germans. Hydrich's rejection of some girls over the age of 20 is menacing. The complete brutality of the Nazis is clear & the ending sticks to the facts of the real massacre of Lidice. I almost wish this film had gone even further in showing Nazi atrocities. If they had shown the killing of the dogs of the town today's audiences would be even more outraged. Today we still need reminders of what life was like in many parts of the world in 1942 and this film, although it might be labeled as propaganda by some, does a good job of dramatizing true events.
AVA GARDNER IS IN THIS MOVIE!
THE TOWN OF LIDICE IS THE SETTING FOR "HITLER'S MADMAN", A FILM ABOUT THE TOWNS EFFORTS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE BRUTALITY OF THE OCCUPYING NAZIS. THIS GOES ON THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE MOVIE, AND ALTHOUGH THINGS GO BACK AND FORTH FOR AWHILE, THE TOWN SEEMS TO LOOSE IN THE END. NOTHING MUCH ELSE HAPPENS. AVA GARDNER IS IN THIS MOVIE (ONE OF HER MANY EARLY FILMS), ALTHOUGH FOR SOME REASON YOU DON'T GET TO SEE MUCH OF HER. THIS IS A DECENT WW11 MOVIE, BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT.