The Devil Makes Three (film)

The Devil Makes Three is a 1952 thriller film set in post-World War II Germany, starring Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli and Richard Egan.

The Devil Makes Three
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Directed byAndrew Marton
Produced byRichard Goldstone
Written byLawrence P. Bachmann
Jerry Davis
StarringGene Kelly
Pier Angeli
Richard Egan
Music byRudolph G. Kopp
CinematographyVáclav Vích
Edited byBen Lewis
Distributed byLoew's
Release date
  • September 19, 1952 (1952-09-19)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,485,000[1]


Former Eighth Air Force bomber crewman Captain Jeff Eliot returns to Germany in 1947 to visit the family who rescued and hid him from the Nazis after his plane was shot down over Munich in World War II.

He learns that most of the family was killed by an American air raid. The only survivor is the daughter, Wilhelmina Lehrt, who is working as a hostess in a nightclub and hates Americans. Eliot nonetheless manages to romance "Willie" and in his time at the nightclub, he develops a friendship with Heisemann, a comic.

Heisemann, it turns out, has secret ties to an underground Nazi revivalist movement. When Eliot discovers this, he tells his superiors, who order him to continue his relationship with Willie to learn more about Heisemann's operation.

The climax of the picture takes place in Berchtesgaden, and the scenes of Heisemann being chased through the rubble were filmed inside the ruins of Hitler's house just before its final demolition by the German government. Heisemann in the scene's final frame stands facing his captors in the notorious huge picture window of the house.



According to MGM records the film made $743,000 in the US and Canada and $742,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $57,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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