Monday, October 17, 2016

Man Hunt 1941

     Captain Alan Thorndike is a big game hunter vacationing in Bavaria.  He goes out into the woods and he has Adolf Hitler in his gun sight.  He wants to see if it would be possible to shoot him but he’s planning on not pulling the trigger.  He is captured by Nazi troops, beaten and left for dead in the woods.  He escapes back to London as a stowaway on a Danish steamer.  In London, German agents hound him but Jerry Stokes tries to help him.  To thank her, he wants his attorney to arrange for her to receive money after he leaves London but she refuses.
     I wondered how Thorndike could think he could get this close to Hitler without being discovered and captured?  He endangers himself and also those he meets after he escapes.  I wonder if the outcome was worth this adventure?  3* (This movie is OK)

105 min, Drama directed by Fritz Lang with Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall, Ludwig Stossel, Heather Thatcher.

Note:  Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 90% critic 75% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 87 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Los Angeles, California.  The director, Fritz Lang fled Germany to Paris in 1933 rather than accept an offer from Joseph Goebbels to make Nazi propaganda films.  The next year he came to America.  This is the first film out of four that Joan Bennett made with Fritz Lang.  She also made The Woman in the Window, The Secret Behind the Door and Scarlet Street.  She partnered with Lang to form the company Diana Productions for those films.

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