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The Master Race

The Master Race(1944)

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According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, the studio planned to include actual footage of the October 1943 bombing of the French port of St. Nazaire in this film. Another Hollywood Reporter news item adds that some of the exterior background scenes used in this picture were shot in New York. According to the Variety review and a news item in Hollywood Citizen-News, producer Robert Golden chose The Master Race as the title to capitalize on the success of his 1942 film Hitler's Children (see entry above). A Hollywood Reporter news item adds that Golden bought an original story by Herbert J. Biberman, designating that it would be produced under the title of "The Master Race." This was the inaugural production of Golden's independent production company. Although a news item in Hollywood Citizen-News claims that Golden hired a total of nine different writers to work on the script, the only writers credited in the RKO Archives Script Files at the UCLA Arts Library-Special Collection are Biberman, Anne Froelick and Rowland Leigh. According to a War Department memorandum contained in NARS, the film was originally set in Czechoslovakia and in the original script, the character of "Von Beck" was executed. Nancy Gates and George Colouris reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on January 15, 1945.