When this movie was made, Stalin had pulled out his support for the Spanish Civil War, had made a pact with Hitler, and took his share of Poland in 1939. Most intellectual Communists in the USA could not acept Communism as its future, and most Americans who fought in the Civil War lost thier passionate fervor. Therefore, the plot on which this movie stands is sheer propaganda made to fit the American view of the world in 1943. As a movie, the acting and dialog are excellent, however the plot is absurd. Of all the dictators and "elected" heads of state in the 20th century, Franco was modestly evil compared to those men who lead the world in the middle of the 20th century.