Tagline – An exciting and realistic story of war… of German prisoners sent back behind their own lines as agents of the Allies!
Starring – Richard Basehart (Lt. Dick Rennick), Gary Merrill (Col. Devlin), Oskar Werner (Cpl. Karl “Happy” Maurer), Hildegard Knef (Hildegard “Hilde” Neff).
Released – December, 1951
Directed By – Anatole Litvak
Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Bavaria Film
Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Description – A terrific World War II espionage story about the American Army’s usage of potentially unreliable German prisoners of war to help gather military intelligence near the end of the war.
Two of these German P.O.W.’s are sent to obtain crucial information regarding the remaining German strongholds and the units defending them. ‘Tiger,’ a former thief who’s loyalty is with whichever side appears to be winning, and ‘Happy,’ a young German idealist who volunteers for the mission after witnessing the killing of his friend by fellow prisoners.
In the world of military espionage, loyalty and sacrifice go hand-in-hand.
NOTABLE: Decision Before Dawn was nominated for two Academy Awards – Best Picture, and Best Film Editing.
Decision Before Dawn was shot in post-war Germany lending to the authentic look and feel of the film.