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The Devil Makes Three

Post by Bruce R on Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:31 pm

The 1952 THE DEVIL MAKES THREE is a crime/drama/thriller starring Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli, Richard Rober, Richard Egan and Claus Clausen.

Once again, Gene Kelly does a fine job although "cast out of character" as he was in the excellent 1944 noir CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.  Although in this film, he's a good guy.  Kelly is Capt. Jeff Eliot, whose life was saved during World War II when a German family rescued him after his plane was shot down over Munich. 

In 1948, Eliot travels to Germany to thank the Lehrt Family for their kindness, only to discover that they were killed during an air raid by U.S. forces near the end of the war. The only survivor was the family's oldest daughter, Wilhelmina (Pier Angeli), who works as a barmaid in a sleazy nightclub and has developed a bitter hatred for life. Eliot falls in love with Wilhelmina and spends enough time at the club to become familiar with Heisemann (Claus Clausen), a comic at the club who has a dark secret life. Heisemann is also a gold smuggler who is part of an underground Nazi movement that hopes to overthrow the post-war government and re-launch the Third Reich. When Eliot tells his superiors what he's discovered, he's ordered to continue his romance with Wilhelmina as a cover while he learns more about Heisemann's smuggling operations which Wilhelmina takes part in.  Can he keep Wilhelmina out of the hoosegow and foil a re-emergence of the Third Riech?

The film was shot in Germany and Austria which gives it a very authentic feel and is visually pleasing.

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