Having previously portrayed Adolf Hitler in 1951’s The Desert Fox, Luther Adler once more dons the postage-stamp moustache of Der Fuhrer in The Magic Face. This time, however, Adler essays a dual role, playing both Hitler and a famed theatrical impersonator known as Janus the Great. While performing in Vienna, Janus attracts the attention of Hitler, who makes a play for Janus’ wife Vera. When Janus protests, he is beaten and thrown into prison by the gestapo. Janus escapes and vows to destroy Hitler and to that end poses as the German leader, the better to bollix up the Nazi war plans.
Director: Frank Tuttle.
Stars: Luther Adler, Patricia Knight, William L. Shirer, Jaspar von Oertzen, Anton Mitterwurzer, Peter Preses, Manfred Inger, Charles Koenig, Rolf Wanka, Oskar Willner.
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