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Undreground - down the tube ?,
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I found this film enjoyable, although it was not without faults. Jeffrey Lynn, fresh from his role as the handsome young lawyer in the Roaring Twenties, tries hard to be convincing as the idealistic Nazi who eventually has a change of heart, but he is too wooden. This Warner Brothers' story of a family affected by Nazism must take second place to MGM's, The Mortal Storm, a much more convincing parallel (apart from Dan Dailey. A Nazi ? I think not) which appeared a year earlier. As usual with such Nazi themes the uniforms do not convince. But this film was made in 1941 when research into the minutiae of the Gestapo lacked the essential 'rigeur'. Still, it keeps the viewer in suspense, and everyone hates a villain, especially if he's a Nazi, and this film has some wonderful stereotypes. Philip Dorn, who is the heroic leader of the underground broadcasting movement, steals the show. At least his accent sounds believable.