Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hitler - Dead or Alive (1942)

Director: Nick Grinde

Starring: Ward Bond

More info: IMDb

Plot: A team of ex-con bounty hunters go to Germany in search of Hitler. If they can find him, a million dollar reward is to be paid to them.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? I just might.

OK WWII propaganda film with one fucking awesome premise! It's only 70 minutes long. The first 15 and the last 15 are the best with a bang-up start and finish. Then there's about 20 minutes that'll about put you to sleep. It's hilarious how the gangsters get from California to Hitler. They go to Canada and join the RAF and eventually hijack a bomber and take it from England to Berlin. Fucking classic. These gangsters are so gung ho about killing Hitler and collecting the $1 million that they become uber patriots.

How they kill Hitler (YES, Hitler is killed!!!) is classic. Quentin Tarantino DEFINITELY saw this when he wrote INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009). What happens after that is gravely serious. I'll just say a lot of people die in front of a firing squad including children. They kill kids? Fuckin'-A! It's a great one-two punch with the sudden level of emotion and then ending with an upbeat, rousing speech about destroying the machine of fascism and killing one man isn't enough. I was so pumped I almost bought some war bonds. I'll just go to the USO instead and jitterbug for victory with some cuties.

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