Review: ‘The Man I Married’

This one is a film presentation of the 1939 Liberty magazine serial, I Married a Nazi, a powerful indictment of the Hitlerized regimentation of the German people. The film version is a powerful dramatic presentation of the Nazi regime in Germany in 1938.

This one is a film presentation of the 1939 Liberty magazine serial, I Married a Nazi, a powerful indictment of the Hitlerized regimentation of the German people. The film version is a powerful dramatic presentation of the Nazi regime in Germany in 1938.

Story sends American-born Joan Bennett to Europe with her husband (Francis Lederer) on a vacation trip. He immediately comes under the influence of the Nazi party, and through an amorous affair with Anna Sten, remains in Germany to become a follower of Hitler. Hypnotized to a fanatical stage, Lederer declares he will divorce his wife in Germany under party decrees, and their son must remain with him. Then his aged father steps in to tell Lederer his mother was a Jewess and the child must be allowed to return to America and freedom.

Strongly contrasted with the winning over of Lederer to the Nazi cause, is the opposite effect on his wife who gradually awakens to the suffering imposed on opponents of Hitler’s regimentation, and the elimination of individual liberties.

Bennett is excellent as the educated American wife who sees through the schemes of Nazism, and provides much strength to a difficult assignment. Lederer’s transition from a happy being to a stern Nazi is capably handled. Lloyd Nolan clicks as the breezy American newspaper correspondent who knows all the political inside of the Nazi machine.

The Man I Married

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Irving Pichel; Producer Raymond Griffith; Screenplay Oliver H.P. Garrett; Camera Peverell Marley; Editor Robert Simpson; Music David Buttolph

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1940. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Joan Bennett Francis Lederer Lloyd Nolan Anna Sten Otto Kruger Maria Ouspenskaya
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