Nazty Nuisance Film Details
Overview: Germany’s Adolf Hitler is on his way via submarine to a tropical country to negotiate a treaty with the High Chief Paj Mab. Right there with him, although he tried to avoid taking them, are…
Tagline: GET READY FOR ROARS! THEY’RE GOING TO DROP HITLER ON BERLIN…When Hal Roach Presents
Review: Also known as ‘Double Crossed Fool’ and ‘The Last Three’; this wartime short 1943 comedy released by United Artists was a loose sequel to 1942 ‘The Devil with Hitler’. Yet the story felt more like a prequel. If it was not, the motion picture has a lot of plot holes. Directed by Glenn Tryon, the film written by Earle Snell and Clarence Marks abandoned the outcome of the last flick, by having the now alive Adolf Hitler (Bobby Watson) along with his allies, Benito Mussolini (Joe Delvin) & General Suki Yak (Johnny Arthur) make a top secret trip to the Arab world to gain support for the war only for it to run amuck. There is no mention of Hitler going to hell and competing with the devil himself played by Alan Mowbray. The actor nor that character doesn’t even appear onscreen here. That also includes Douglas Fowley as out of place American Insurance salesman Walter Beeter and Linda Kraus as Marjorie Woodworth, the German Spy working for the US government that cause Hitler’s demise in the last picture. Now the heroes are Benson (Frank Faylen), a seaman who supply ship was sank by a Nazi submarine & his over bubbly love interest Kela (Jean Porter) a beautiful magician assistant. Two mediocre characters that didn’t really get the job done as they ran their capture sub aground. Probably dooming them all on a desert hostile island with little food and water. Their mission was not a roaring success. The ending was truly really lame. The poster was really a lie. Nowhere in the film was Hitler strap to a bomb and drop onto Berlin. The closest was him being shot out a cannon and landing headfirst into a pile of sand with his feet treading empty air in a cartoony way. He pretty much lives through this which is disappointing. I kinda would like the 1964 ‘Dr. Strangelove’ ending with Hitler riding a bomb. Regardless just like the previous making fun of the leaders of the Axis Powers Streamliner featurette also produce by Hal Roach. The comedy has the same old schtick. It’s poorly written not clever childish jokes. Spiking the served soup with pepper & switching the guests’ wine with kerosene is not the best this movie could do for laughs. I know because the last movie was far more explosive. Also, I had seen better slapstick humor in the Three Stooges Tripartite Pact routine with 1940’s film ‘You Natzy Spy’ and 1941 ‘I’ll Never Heil Again’. It’s certainly not in the levels of sophistical jokes that 1940 ‘The Great Dictator’, 1942 ‘To be or Not to Be’ or 1943 ‘Der Fuehrer’s Face” has. Instead the comedy is just now a little more offensive as the film make a long comedic gag where people wouldn’t tell the different between the Yellow Peril caricature of a Japanese leader and an orangutan. A less racist caricature of Hideki Tojo or Emperor Hirohito would be better in familiar and in tone than what we got here. At least, that actor that played Paj Mab didn’t spoke in broken English with his awful middle eastern make up like Arthur did. Regardless, I have no idea what real life leader, the film was trying to mock here. His American accent was seeping in and was somewhat kinda jarring. As for Watson, his reprise over the top acting as Hitler has really gotten tiresome and old by this stage as he played the leader two times previous with ‘The Devil with Hitler’ and 1942 ‘Hitler: Dead or Alive’. Can’t believe that he continued to perform as him in 7 more movies after this. He was really typecast much like Delvin who played Mussolini four times in his career. As for supporting actors like Rex Evans as Hermann Goering, Wedgwood Nowell as Heinrich Himmler and Charley Rogers as Josef Goebbels. They were alright, but their characters were not in the film that much. It was kinda disappointing not to see Hitler’s inner circle not meet their end in the climax. Overall: This 44minute US propaganda motion picture hasn’t seen better days since it was first released. The black and white footage is kinda grainy and out of focus. Even the enhancement DVD pristine version is not that great in video quality. Yet it does do a better job in reducing noise than watching the film on Youtube. So that’s at least is a plus. To add onto that, the musical score by Edward Ward fits in well with most scenes even if it’s does sound like stereotypical and racism region music. All versions of the film do a good job on that. In the end, it’s still certainly not worth watching. It is a flaw movie. A film that’s not all Reich.
Duration: 50 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, War
Also known as: L’île des loufoques,That Nazty Nuisance,Los tres compadres,The Last Three,Double-Crossed Fool,Nazty Nuisance,Double Crossed Fool