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The Devil's General (1955)

Des Teufels General (original title)
1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However ... See full summary »

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Gen. Harry Harras
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Dorothea 'Diddo' Geiss
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SS-Gruppenführer Schmidt-Lausitz
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Ingenieur Karl Oderbruch
Eva Ingeborg Scholz ...
Waltraut 'Pützchen' Mohrungen
Harry Meyen ...
Leutnant Hartmann
Bum Krüger ...
Hauptmann Lüttjohann
Paul Westermeier ...
Otto Korrianke, Fahrer von Harras
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Kammersängerin Olivia Geiss
Erica Balqué ...
Anne Eilers
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Oberst Friedrich Eilers
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Generaldirektor Hugo Mohrungen
Beppo Brem ...
Hauptmann Pfundtmayer
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Baron von Pflunck
Joseph Offenbach ...
Kriminalrat Zernick
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1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However his outspoken critical attitude at social occasions awakes hopes from opposition and suspicion from the Nazi party. He suddenly finds himself approached and arrested by the Gestapo, who psychologically torture him. Next his position is threatened by technical aircraft trouble he'll be blamed for but may result from sabotage. Written by KGF Vissers

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They bought his soul and put him in command of Hell!

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23 February 1955 (West Germany)  »

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The main character, Gen. Harras, is based on World War I hero Ernst Udet. See more »

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Version of Des Teufels General (1997) See more »

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Film for Thought!
16 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

A movie that I saw for the first time decades ago and numerous times since! Every time I watch it, I discover new facets in Harras'personality. On one hand he is the tough guy, the party animal, the womanizer; however, he shows his softer, almost romantic side when he meets Diddo Geiss. I think that the movie could be a wonderful teaching tool, because it illustrates how "non-political", even rebellious Germans were drawn into the Nazi ideology and paid the ultimate price! Udo Jürgens and Marianne Koch were fabulous together! I would recommend this film for upper level German classes in the US. It is a good addition to "Die weisse Rose" or "Sophie Scholl".


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