Women in Bondage


1h 10m 1944

Brief Synopsis

Margot Bracken returns home to Germany after several years of absence, and is horrified at the degraded status which has been forced on the women of her homeland. Toni Hall is prevented from marrying her sweetheart. Both women speak out against the terrorist reign and are imprisoned. Pagan baptisms, "mercy" killings, sterilizations, government-encouraged vice and the cruelties of the Gestapo are only a few of the practices they see or endure.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hitler's Women
Release Date
Jan 10, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,385ft

Synopsis

Margot Bracken, the wife of Ernst Bracken, a German officer serving on the Russian front, returns to the family estate at Brackenfeld in war-torn Germany to live with Ruth, her sister-in-law, and Gladys, her mother-in-law. Gertrude Schneider, the district leader of the youth movement, appoints Margot to be section leader of a group of girls which includes Toni Hall, who is in love with Corporal Heinz Radtke. Only physically perfect women are allowed to marry soldiers in the SS, and therefore, the Reich rejects Toni's marriage to Heinz because she is near-sighted. When Heinz spurns her, Toni hysterically denounces the government and is arrested. She is declared insane and shot as she attempts to rejoin Heinz. Gertrude, who despises Margot for being too lenient with her charges, orders her examined under the ruling that all women must bear children. When Ernst, paralyzed by wounds he received in battle, returns home, Gertrude tries to force Margot to allow her brother-in-law to father her child. Upon learning of the situation, Ernst, humiliated, commits suicide. Incensed by the Nazi atrocities, Margot defies blackout orders and directs an Allied air raid to the location of the hidden munitions works nearby. As an Allied bomb lands on Brackenfeld, Margo rejoices that these raids will lead to the eventual liberation of all degraded European women.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hitler's Women
Release Date
Jan 10, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,385ft

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The working title of this film was Hitler's Women. The picture marked the first American production of Herman Millakowsky. Millakowsky, who had enjoyed a successful producing career in Germany and France, left Europe to escape the Nazis. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the film was based on material that Millakowsky had compiled during his residence in France, Germany and Austria.