I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Inexpensively and sometimes amateurishly produced, I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany has the decided benefit of sincerity. The film is based on the harrowing experiences of Isobel Lillian Steele, a German-born American citizen who returned to the country of her ancestors as a news correspondent. Befriending a wealthy baron, she is soon moving easily amongst the lofty circles of German high society. Then (according to Steele), she is hoodwinked by a Nazi official into supplying information that results in the imprisonment of the Baron and his friends -- including herself. Unable to get word to the American consul, Steele is subjected to appalling treatment in prison, escaping her fate only through the 11th-hour intervention of U.S. Senator Borah. Both Borah and Steele play themselves in the film, while the rest of the cast members -- not to mention the director and screenwriter -- are uncredited.

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POW (Prisoner of War), war, accusation, criminal, espionage, Nazism, prison