The Master Race

The Master Race

George Coulouris
Director: Herbert Biberman Cast: George Coulouris
George Coulouris
, Osa Massen
Osa Massen
, Stanley Ridges
Stanley Ridges
Herbert Biberman

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The Master Race argues persuasively that, although it appeared that the Nazis would lose WW2, it was foolish to assume that Hitler's legacy would not insinuate itself into the postwar era. Nazi bigwig Von Beck (George Coulouris) arrives in a small Belgian village on the eve of its liberation by the Allied troops. It is Von Beck's plan to foment disharmony and bigotry amongst the villagers, thereby laying the groundwork for a German victory in the next war. But Von Beck soon discovers that the populace isn't quite as gullible as the herrenvolk had been when Hitler rose to power. Still, the film ends with a warning: the only way to avoid future world conflict is to thoroughly crush the instigators of the present war. Ironically, after hostilities ceased, Herbert J. Biberman, cowriter-director of The Master Race, was castigated by the anti-Red brigades for being, among other things, a "premature anti-fascist."

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
UPC: 0883316213049
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 45,920

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Coulouris Col. Von Beck
Osa Massen Helena Bartoc
Stanley Ridges Maj. Phil Carson
Lloyd Bridges Frank Bartoc
Carl Esmond Andrey Krysztoff
Nancy Gates Nina Varin
Morris Carnovsky Old Man Bartoc
Eric Feldary Ludwig Altmeier
Helen Beverly Mrs. Martha Varin
Gavin Muir William Forsythe
Paul Guilfoyle Katry
Richard Nugent Sgt. O'Farrell
Ludwig Donath Schmidt
Herbert Rudley John
Gigi Perreau Helena's daughter
Jason Robards Jacob Weiner
Merrill Rodin George Rudan
Helene Thimig George's Mother (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Herbert Biberman Director,Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Anne Froelick Screenwriter
Robert Golden Producer
Edward A. Golden Executive Producer
Ernie Leadlay Editor
Rowland Leigh Screenwriter
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Jack Okey Art Director
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Ruman Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Roy Webb Score Composer

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