Skip to comments.Hitler Warning Film Lay In Vault For 75 Years
Posted on 09/22/2013 2:16:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
In Hitler's Reign of Terror the American film-maker visited the town where the Nazi leader was "an unpopular kid" at school.
The first American film to warn about the rise of Adolf Hitler has been found in a vault in Belgium after lying unnoticed for 75 years.
Hitler's Reign of Terror features footage smuggled out of Germany, showing Nazi party rallies, book burnings and the ransacking of Jewish shops.
It was produced by Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to the wealthy US industrialist family, who visited Germany as Hitler was voted into power in 1933.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...
I don’t suppose the vault also included a number of Lon Chaney’s lost films?
I bet Geraldo is really pissed
The fact is in the 1930s, the Nazis had considerable sway in Hollywood (a familiar theme in Hollywood that goes on today), they heavily influenced Hollywood’s portrayal of the Nazis up until WWII...and their tone towards Hitler only changed when he invaded their beloved Soviet Union.
I recall reading about that very subject...nice catch.
Yep. I’ve seen some books that went into detail as to which films (that predated Charlie Chaplin’s film) were shunned by the studios.
Part of the belief (besides political) was that they didn’t want to p!ss of Nazi Germany and see a potential film market eliminated (especially if America stayed out of the war).
Chaney’s films could be anywhere in the world. They located long missing footage from Metropolis in South America.
And I think some of Orson Welles films were found in Europe.
If their is one word of Hitler’s Gun Control in this, it will get poo-pooed. If their is we need it non DVD and sent it to liberal minded friends..
You Nazty Spy by the Three Stooges released in January 1940.
Alfred Hitchock's Foreign Correspondent was released in summer 1940, and included a specific appeal to Americans read by Joel McCrea. (It was a U.S. production, but mostly took place in England and Holland)
A few months later The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin was released.
Hitchcock made The Lady Vanishes in 1938 in England, in which the bad guys are clearly Nazis, although it's never made explicit.
There is a scene near the end, which is clearly meant to be a warning, and possibly a rebuke of Neville Chamberlain. A typical, stiff-upper-lip Brit tries to surrender to the bad guys and is shot.
Hard to believe this was never shown.
Many then saw the Bolsheviks as the bigger threat, and Hitler could keep them in check.
Certainly both kinds of totalitarianism had their fanbois back then.
Why not put it on youtube? Money?
This is art?
And the folks in London weren't helping us at all. Instead, they were busy appeasing Hitler and declaring "peace for our time" while throwing the people of Austria and Czechoslovakia to the wolves.
Winston Churchill might just have saved the entire civilized world. Singlehandedly.
It was produced by Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to the wealthy US industrialist family, who visited Germany as Hitler was voted into power in 1933.Thanks nickcarraway.
Yeah, they found some great footage of Lon Chaney walking with the Queen.
Looking ahead to ~2083...
Not to mention an Democrat was President and in charge of the State Department.
Hopefully all of the films portraying the truth about Obama will be stored somewhere safe before they get destroyed along with other things like the U.S. Constitution.
There was one guy on MBS Radio (abd briefly TV) who would tell it like it was, or as he saw it anyways.
I think it was Mutual Broadcasting...argh... I am probably wrong though... I’ll have to use Google.
I was thinking of DuMont TV
I read somewhere they had actually had a talk show that was like conservative talk radio is now.
I forget now what year it was that my dad was in Germany before the war. Probably around 1935? He was in a youth hostel and met up with a German kid. He asked him about this “Hitler guy” and the German held up his finger to his lips and said “not here”. So there must have been dribs and drabs of information getting out.
In the video at the link, Vanderbilt is asked for his assessment of Hitler. He replies:
Unquestionably he is a man of real ability, of force. But the way I sized him up after interviewing him is that he is a strange combination of Huey Long, Billy Sunday, and Al Capone.
I had never heard a man so able to sway people. He said Germany refused to forget her two million war dead. In the hour and a half that Hitler talked to that packed audience that night, he was as effective as a barker in a sideshow travelling with a circus. The German people had suffered so long that they were ready to accept the promises of anyone who held out some hope for the future.
I give up, but I did find a treasure trove of really old TV shows
I hope things never get so bad that, after a secession of a number Obama like dictators, America falls for a Hitler like person to restore sovereignty and order.
America has already fallen for a Hitler-like person.
Foutunately he does not have Hitler like powers. Would you be willing to give Hitler like powers to someone if he was pro American in order to clean out the riff raff?
Oh, don’t underestimate him. You’ll just get surprised.
“39 Steps”, 1935, Hitchcock film. German spy ring in England
The fact is in the 1930s, the Nazis had considerable sway in Hollywood (a familiar theme in Hollywood that goes on today), they heavily influenced Hollywoods portrayal of the Nazis up until WWII...and their tone towards Hitler only changed when he invaded their beloved Soviet Union.
you’re conflating the nazis with the communists. The nazis and the communists were bitter enemies. They fought street battles in germany during the 20’s. Hollywood was 100% communist. No nazis. They only turned rabidly against the nazis when hitler betrayed his non aggression pact with stalin and invaded Russia in 1941-42.
The German consul in Los Angeles, Georg Gyssling, was the point man for most of this, letting studios know when something might not be well received in Germany. Some studios would even let him screen films and suggest cuts.
Of course, once WWII began in Europe, the studios' attitude changed completely.
and now they do it with China
Yes, they do.
How was his hair?
It was perfect.
“Many then saw the Bolsheviks as the bigger threat, and Hitler could keep them in check”
That worked out really well, didn’t it.
I’m guessing not the same one referenced in the old Hudson & Landry routine.
“That’s an alias, you know.”
“That’s funny, he don’t talk with an accent.”
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