Young Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, an unsuccessful playwright, is forced, in order to support himself, to take a position as tutor in the household of Herr Quandt. His first attempt to force himself upon women comes when he becomes interested in a young actress, Maria Brandt, daughter of Colonel Brandt at whose home he is lodging. He is driven from the house by Colonel Brandt. That night, acting as an usher for a meeting of the new German Socialist Party, Goebbels hears Hitler speak, and becomes an ardent follower. He is made propaganda head, becomes known as the “Scoundrel of Berlin”, and his machinations strike terror into the hearts of innocent girls. Maria Brandt, who is working as a bit player in a theatre in Hannover, again meets Goebbels. Through his efforts, although unknown to her, Maria is made an overnight star. He then procures a contract for her at the famous UFA studios of Berlin. Maria, who has become interested in a young doctor, Hans Traeger, shuns Goebbels’ attentions.
Directed by Alfred Zeisler.
Alfred Zeisler and Herbert O. Phillips (story and screenplay).
Elizabeth Perdix (additional dialogue).
Release date (USA): 10 November 1944; 15 August 1952 (re-release).
Claudia Drake … Maria Brandt
Wolfgang Zilzer (as Paul Andor) … Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels
Donald Woods … Dr. Hans Traeger, MD
H.B. Warner … Colonel Eberhart Brandt
Sigrid Gurie … Magda Quandt
Ralph Morgan … Mr. Quandt
Gloria Stuart … Bertha
Robert Barrat … Wallburg the Publisher
Beryl Wallace … Jenny Hartmann
Byron Foulger … Krause, Brown Shirt
Lester Dorr … Hanussen the Medium
Crane Whitley … Hanke, Gobbels’ Secretary
Charles Halton … Uncle Hugo, Radio Performer
Marin Sais … Frau Bendler
Lotte Palfi Andor … Housekeeper (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts … Informer (uncredited)
Gene Roth … Gestapo Announcer (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford … Levine (uncredited)
Ben Taggart … News Chief (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook … Gestapo Man (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan … Brieger – Radio Station Man (uncredited)
Produced by W.R. Frank and Fred W. Kane.
Original Music by Artur Guttmann.
Cinematography by John Alton.
Film Editing by Doug Bagler .
Art Direction by Stanley Fleischer.
Set Decoration by Glenn P. Thompson.
Costume Design by Kay West.
Makeup Department: Ted Larsen, Scotty Rackin.
Production Management: Bartlett A. Carre.
Assistant Director: Barton Adams.
Sound Department: William H. Lynch.
Production assistant: Marshall Edson.