World Premiere (1941)


Hollywood producer Duncan DeGrasse is preparing for the debut of his anti-Nazi motion picture, ‘The Earth is in Flames.’ To generate hype, his press agents create elaborate events for the premiere. One of these stunts involves hiring phony spies to make the audience think they’re in real danger. However, among the fake spies are German and Italian operatives.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff.
Writers: Earl Felton (screenplay), Earl Felton & Gordon Kahn (story).
Stars: John Barrymore, Frances Farmer, Eugene Pallette, Virginia Dale, Ricardo Cortez, Sig Ruman, Don Castle, William Wright, Fritz Feld, Luis Alberni, Cliff Nazarro, Andrew Tombes.


Many thanks to John for sending me a copy of this movie, I improved the audio a bit.

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  1. Vidor
    August 20, 2022

    Wow, late-stage alcoholism John Barrymore AND Frances Farmer before she went to the nuthouse. Interesting!

  2. Nick D,
    August 25, 2022

    Wow! Simply awful.

  3. Martin
    August 27, 2022

    Thank you for this, Jon!

  4. Allan
    November 17, 2022

    A mildly funny film with the trio of Ruman, Feld, and Alberni playing Nazis and a Chico Marx-style Italian spy. It was made before the serious business of winning the war began. It is funny at times but the film becomes increasingly like a Three Stooges short. and Barrymore’s self-parody is wearing. Frances Farmer has possibly six lines not much more however she did have a striking screen presence for the few times we see her. in the end it is the trio of spies who are the best and funniest part of the film.

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