On The Run: Man Hunt

The 1941 thriller Man Hunt directed by Fritz Lang (who was part Jewish and fled Nazi Germany to come to the U.S.) is an interesting film. Released about 6 months before Pearl Harbor it was considered a “hate” film in isolationist America at the time by Hays Code head Joseph Breen because it showed all Germans as evil Nazis. It has a great cast in Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine and a young Roddy Mcdowall in a small but pivotal role. I really don’t want to give away too much of the plot except to say Pidgeon plays a famous big game hunter named Captain Thorndike who gets very close the Berghof, Adolph Hitlers residence armed with a rifle and scope. It is currently available to stream on Netflix and is being released very soon on a limited edition blu-ray by Twilight Time.


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