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The Devil Makes Three (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Romance, Thriller | 19 September 1952 (USA)
In 1947, an American pilot returns to Germany to find a family that saved his life during WW2 but he stumbles upon a secret Neo-Nazi group.

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writers:

Lawrence P. Bachmann (story) (as Lawrence Bachmann), Jerry Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Kelly ... Capt. Jeff Eliot
Pier Angeli ... Wilhelmina (Willie) Lehrt
Richard Rober ... Col. James Terry
Richard Egan ... Lt. Parker
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Heisemann
Wilfried Seyferth Wilfried Seyferth ... Hansig
Margot Hielscher ... Cabaret Singer
Annie Rosar ... Mrs. Keigler
Harold Benedict Harold Benedict ... Sgt. at Airport
Otto Gebühr ... Mr. Nolder
Gertrud Wolle Gertrud Wolle ... Mrs. Nolder
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Keigler
Charlotte Flemming Charlotte Flemming ... Girl in Telephone Booth
Charles Gordon Howard Charles Gordon Howard ... Lt. Farris
Bum Krüger Bum Krüger ... Oberlitz
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Storyline

1947: Captain Jeff Eliott returns to Germany to thank the Lehrt family, who hid him during WW-II when his plane was shot down over Munich. However he learns that the parents died when their house was bombed, only their daughter Wilhelmina, now 18, is still alive. He finds the pretty girl working as nightclub hostess and shortly after starts dating her. She doesn't tell him that an underground neo-Nazi organization compels her to work for them, and soon gets Jeff involved in their machinations, too. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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"Are you the man they always use to trap women?"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Autobahn See more »

Filming Locations:

Salzburg, Austria See more »

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Budget:

$1,005,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The end of the movie was filmed at the ruins of Adolf Hitler's Berghof in Obersalzberg. They clearly used the entry hall with the vaulted ceilings and the conference room with the giant picture window. See more »

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Richard Egan's character is first introduced and billed as Lt. Parker (and wears a single rank bar on his uniform), yet when Captain Eliot is speaking with Colonel Terry, he is introduced as Captain Parker. See more »

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Can Love Come Back Again?
Music by Bronislau Kaper
German lyrics by Friedrich Hollaender
English lyrics by Jack Brooks
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Clearing up a few points on Berchtesgaden and the Eagle's Nest
27 March 2007 | by tdemosSee all my reviews

The closing scenes of this film were shot at the ruins of the Berghoff, which was Hitler's actual residence in Berchtesgaden, most famous for the huge picture window that framed a picture-perfect view of the mountains of Germany and Austria. Since the actual building was torn down by the post-war German government during the 1950's (they were afraid of it becoming a Nazi shrine), this film represents a rare, motion picture view of what the site actually looked like during that period.

The location is now the site of the luxury Hotel- InterContinental Berchtesgaden and visitors can still see the same view of the mountains that Hitler built for himself.

"The Eagle's Nest", located nearby, was the informal name given to the Kehlsteinhaus, or the Fuhrer's Tea house, custom built for Hitler at the top of Kehlstein Mountain during the 1930's. The site survived the war and is now a tourist attraction owned by the local government and features a road carved into the shear rock face of the mountain and a deep tunnel with a brass elevator that takes visitors to the top. It was said that Hitler didn't like heights and only visited the Kehlsteinhaus a few times during his lifetime. Contrary to popular belief, the "Eagle's Nest" is not believed to be featured in this movie.

Until recent NATO reductions-in-force, the Americans had many military recreational facilities in Berchtesgaden which have since been turned over to the German government.


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