Women in Bondage (1944)

72 mins | Drama | 10 January 1944

Director:

Steve Sekely

Writer:

Houston Branch

Producer:

Herman Millakowsky

Cinematographer:

Mack Stengler

Editor:

Richard Currier

Production Designer:

David Milton

Production Company:

Monogram Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Hitler's Women . The picture marked the first American production of Herman Millakowsky. Millakowsky, who had enjoyed a successful producing career in Germany and France, left Europe to escape the Nazis. According to a HR news item, the film was based on material that Millakowsky had compiled during his residence in France, Germany and ... More Less

The working title of this film was Hitler's Women . The picture marked the first American production of Herman Millakowsky. Millakowsky, who had enjoyed a successful producing career in Germany and France, left Europe to escape the Nazis. According to a HR news item, the film was based on material that Millakowsky had compiled during his residence in France, Germany and Austria. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Nov 1943.
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Daily Variety
10 Nov 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Nov 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Aug 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 43
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 43
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Nov 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Sep 43
p. 1554.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Nov 43
p. 1634.
Variety
24 Nov 43
p. 18.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Hitler's Women
Release Date:
10 January 1944
Production Date:
4 August--21 August 1943 at the Chaplin Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12390
Duration(in mins):
72
Length(in feet):
6,385
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Margot Bracken, the wife of Ernst Bracken, a German officer serving on the Russian front, returns to the family estate at Brackenfeld in war-torn Germany to live with Ruth, her sister-in-law, and Gladys, her mother-in-law. Gertrude Schneider, the district leader of the youth movement, appoints Margot to be section leader of a group of girls which includes Toni Hall, who is in love with Corporal Heinz Radtke. Only physically perfect women are allowed to marry soldiers in the SS, and therefore, the Reich rejects Toni's marriage to Heinz because she is near-sighted. When Heinz spurns her, Toni hysterically denounces the government and is arrested. She is declared insane and shot as she attempts to rejoin Heinz. Gertrude, who despises Margot for being too lenient with her charges, orders her examined under the ruling that all women must bear children. When Ernst, paralyzed by wounds he received in battle, returns home, Gertrude tries to force Margot to allow her brother-in-law to father her child. Upon learning of the situation, Ernst, humiliated, commits suicide. Incensed by the Nazi atrocities, Margot defies blackout orders and directs an Allied air raid to the location of the hidden munitions works nearby. As an Allied bomb lands on Brackenfeld, Margo rejoices that these raids will lead to the eventual liberation of all degraded European ... +


Margot Bracken, the wife of Ernst Bracken, a German officer serving on the Russian front, returns to the family estate at Brackenfeld in war-torn Germany to live with Ruth, her sister-in-law, and Gladys, her mother-in-law. Gertrude Schneider, the district leader of the youth movement, appoints Margot to be section leader of a group of girls which includes Toni Hall, who is in love with Corporal Heinz Radtke. Only physically perfect women are allowed to marry soldiers in the SS, and therefore, the Reich rejects Toni's marriage to Heinz because she is near-sighted. When Heinz spurns her, Toni hysterically denounces the government and is arrested. She is declared insane and shot as she attempts to rejoin Heinz. Gertrude, who despises Margot for being too lenient with her charges, orders her examined under the ruling that all women must bear children. When Ernst, paralyzed by wounds he received in battle, returns home, Gertrude tries to force Margot to allow her brother-in-law to father her child. Upon learning of the situation, Ernst, humiliated, commits suicide. Incensed by the Nazi atrocities, Margot defies blackout orders and directs an Allied air raid to the location of the hidden munitions works nearby. As an Allied bomb lands on Brackenfeld, Margo rejoices that these raids will lead to the eventual liberation of all degraded European women. +

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World War II


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