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Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Thriller | 3 April 1943 (USA)
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.


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Sam Neuman (original story by), Karl Brown (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Ward Bond ... Steve Maschick
Dorothy Tree ... Else von Brandt
Warren Hymer ... Hans 'Dutch' Havermann
Paul Fix ... Joe 'The Book' Conway
Russell Hicks ... Samuel Thornton
Bruce Edwards ... Johnny Stevens
Felix Basch Felix Basch ... Col. Hecht
Bobby Watson ... Adolf Hitler (as Bob Watson)
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Meyer
Kenneth Harlan ... Cutler
Fay Wall ... Greta (as Faye Wall)


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.

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Will Hitler escape this time? See more »


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Release Date:

3 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler: Dead or Alive See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ben Judell See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts too place in Chicago Sunday 4 December 1949 on WGN (Channel 9) and in New York City Sunday 27 August 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


The enormous swastika on the banner hanging on the wall of Colonel Hecht's office at Dachau is the wrong way round (as can be seen at a glance by comparing it with the swastika on Hecht's armband, both of which are frequently simultaneously visible within the same shot). See more »


Steve Maschick: What a dame!
Steve Maschick: More dangerous than a pocketful of loose razor blades
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A patriotic gangster propaganda film
4 March 2011 | by gullwing592003See all my reviews

The only reason I wanted to see this World War Two propaganda film was the presence of Ward Bond in a leading role which he handled very well & was completely convincing & believable. He had an enormous screen presence & personality & he could've easily became a leading actor if he really wanted to but he was content in small & distinguished supporting roles. He was quite versatile & is often associated with John Wayne in the John Ford directed films. Ward Bond was literally in just about every film to name a few like "It Happened One Night" (1934) he was an extra in "G-Men" (1935) "Night Key" with Boris Karloff (1937), "Dead End" (1937), "Prison Break" with Barton Maclane (1938), "Gone With The Wind" (1939) he was an extra in "Son Of Frankenstein" (1939), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946), "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" with James Cagney (1950) etc. He was in hundred's of movies.

He often played cops & gangsters & I thought he did a good job in the leading role of the patriotic gangster. The cast is solid with established actors like Paul Fix & Warren Hymer who often played stupid gangsters. Sure the plot is far fetched but it was 1942 & WW2 was a very popular war inspiring national patriotism. The film was obviously a wartime moral booster while at the same time trying to sustain & save a dying genre: the gangster film & in 1942 what better way to sell a gangster movie than to turn the gangsters into patriotic American hero's on an improbable mission to knock off Adolf Hitler. It may be a little campy today but in it's day this movie was probably taken seriously by 1942 audiences. Think about it, the film was obviously intended to be serious & it's not a bad watch & I would watch it again & it's by far superior to the Ed Wood films.

There is really no comparison & there is a lot worse movies out there than this. Don't forget Ed Wood was voted the worst director of all time, an honor & title he fittingly deserves. It doesn't get any worse than Ed Wood not even an Elvis Presley movie.

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