Berlin Correspondent (1942)

70 mins | Drama | 11 September 1942

Director:

Eugene Forde

Producer:

Bryan Foy

Cinematographer:

Virgil E. Miller

Editor:

Fred Allen

Production Designers:

Richard Day, Lewis H. Creber

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Full page view
HISTORY

The working titles of this film were War Story and Everything Is Thunder . Although a HR news item includes Trudy Marshall in the cast, her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. HR also noted that technical advisor Dr. E. O. F. Golm was formerly a judge in ... More Less

The working titles of this film were War Story and Everything Is Thunder . Although a HR news item includes Trudy Marshall in the cast, her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. HR also noted that technical advisor Dr. E. O. F. Golm was formerly a judge in Berlin. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Aug 1942.
---
Daily Variety
13 Aug 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Aug 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 42
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 42
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 42
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 42
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Aug 1942.
---
Motion Picture Herald
26 Sep 1942.
---
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Aug 42
p. 838.
New York Times
4 Sep 42
p. 19.
Variety
12 Aug 42
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
War Story
Everything Is Thunder
Release Date:
11 September 1942
Production Date:
early May--early June 1942
added scenes on 21 June 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 September 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11673
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,380
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8424
SYNOPSIS

In November 1941, American radio correspondent Bill Roberts sends out valuable espionage information during his broadcasts from Berlin despite the vigilance of Nazi censors. Realizing that someone must be giving Bill the information, Gestapo colonel Carl von Rau details various agents to follow the American, but Bill eludes them all. Von Rau then assigns his fiancée, Karen Hauen, to investigate Bill, even though she has never done spy work before and is reluctant to do it. Karen succeeds in getting Bill to ask her to his apartment for dinner and there discovers that the information he receives is written in invisible ink on the stamps he buys from a local shop. Karen reports her findings to von Rau the next day, but when she returns to her apartment, her father Rudolf confesses to her that he is the one who has been helping Bill. He further states that she has been inadvertantly supplying the information he has passed on to Bill. Hauen explains that he did it because he hates the Nazis, and then, in order to protect Karen, he turns himself in to von Rau, claiming that she arrested him. Although Von Rau promises Karen that no undue harm will come to the old man, Hauen is tortured. Bill is not arrested, for von Rau believes that he no longer poses a threat, and when Karen learns that her father is being sent to the notorious Grundorf insane asylum, from which no one returns, she turns to Bill for help. Bill castigates Karen for working for the Nazis, but agrees to help for Hauen's sake. By posing as a psychiatrist on ... +


In November 1941, American radio correspondent Bill Roberts sends out valuable espionage information during his broadcasts from Berlin despite the vigilance of Nazi censors. Realizing that someone must be giving Bill the information, Gestapo colonel Carl von Rau details various agents to follow the American, but Bill eludes them all. Von Rau then assigns his fiancée, Karen Hauen, to investigate Bill, even though she has never done spy work before and is reluctant to do it. Karen succeeds in getting Bill to ask her to his apartment for dinner and there discovers that the information he receives is written in invisible ink on the stamps he buys from a local shop. Karen reports her findings to von Rau the next day, but when she returns to her apartment, her father Rudolf confesses to her that he is the one who has been helping Bill. He further states that she has been inadvertantly supplying the information he has passed on to Bill. Hauen explains that he did it because he hates the Nazis, and then, in order to protect Karen, he turns himself in to von Rau, claiming that she arrested him. Although Von Rau promises Karen that no undue harm will come to the old man, Hauen is tortured. Bill is not arrested, for von Rau believes that he no longer poses a threat, and when Karen learns that her father is being sent to the notorious Grundorf insane asylum, from which no one returns, she turns to Bill for help. Bill castigates Karen for working for the Nazis, but agrees to help for Hauen's sake. By posing as a psychiatrist on Hitler's personal staff, Bill infiltrates the asylum. Bill helps Hauen escape, then gives him his own altered passport. Hauen reaches safety in Switzerland, and when von Rau discovers the subterfuge, Bill naïvely believes that nothing can be done to him because he is an American citizen. Von Rau arrests Bill, however, and on 7 Dec 1941, replaces him on his broadcast with a German impersonator, who asserts that the United States is to blame for Pearl Harbor. Bill is then sent to a concentration camp, much to the horror of Karen, who has fallen in love with him. When Karen pleads with von Rau to free Bill, he agrees to do so if she will marry him immediately. Von Rau pretends to arrange Bill's escape, but instead orders a guard to kill him. Carla Hoening, von Rau's secretary who is in love with him, tells Karen about his treachery so that Karen will try to escape with Bill. While Carla has von Rau detained, Bill escapes from the camp with Karen's aid, and they hijack von Rau's private plane. As they are flying toward Switzerland, the pilot reveals that he is glad to help them, for he also wants to leave Germany, and the relieved couple embrace. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.