The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)

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A beautiful Austrian refugee in England--who is also a Nazi agent--marries a scholarly English pacifist. He lives near a secret military base she needs to get information about so she can help in Hitler's planned invasion of England.

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  • Veronica Lake and Franchot Tone in The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Veronica Lake in The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Veronica Lake and Franchot Tone in The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Veronica Lake, Binnie Barnes, John Sutton, and Franchot Tone in The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Veronica Lake and Franchot Tone in The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Veronica Lake, Binnie Barnes, Philip Merivale, Henry Stephenson, John Sutton, and Franchot Tone in The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)

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22 June 2017 | MartinHafer
8
| Such a cute little Nazi!
In the mid 1920s, English gentlemen Jim Hetherton (Franchot Tone) meets and marries Austrian refugee, Dora Bruckmann (Veronica Lake). Little does he know that she's a Nazi sympathizer and as the years pass, she harbors dreams of German conquest.

When the Second World War approaches, Jim has difficulty because he's an avowed pacifist. What he doesn't know is that through the war his wife works to undermine her adoptive nation and she actually never loved him but chose him because he was a pacifist. After all, she and the other Nazi agents believe that they'll need useful idiots like Jim to run the newly conquered Britain. This puts Jim in a tight spot...should he be loyal to his wife or country?

Overall, while I had a bit of difficulty accepting Lake as a Nazi*, the film was a very effective propaganda piece--the sort of thing needed to encourage folks in the war effort. Well made and worth seeing.

*In her last film, a god-awful mess called "Flesh Feast", the aging Lake once again played an evil Nazi.

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