Lilli Marlene (1951)

Genres - Adventure, Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Lilli Marlene was inspired by the popular wartime German ballad. Lisa Daniely plays a French songstress who achieves radio fame during the Nazi occupation. She is spirited out of France by an American radio broadcaster (Hugh McDermott), but is recaptured by the Nazis and forced to make "Axis Sally" style pro-German propaganda speeches. After the war, the girl is tried for treason, but is cleared by the American who'd earlier gotten her out of France. Distressingly shoddy, Lilli Marlene was nonetheless a hit, thanks to the built-in popularity of the title song. It was followed by a less successful sequel, The Wedding of Lilli Marlene.

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American [nationality], Nazi, propaganda, singer, treason, war