WriterLawrence P. Bachmann, Jerry Davis Release dateSeptember 19, 1952 CastGene Kelly (Capt. Jeff Eliot), Pier Angeli (Wilhelmina (Willie) Lehrt), Richard Rober (Col. James Terry), Richard Egan (Lt. Parker), Claus Clausen (Heisemann), Wilfried Seyferth (Hansig) Similar moviesMunich, Veronika Voss, The Blind Spot, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Mama Mia - Nur keine Panik, Visions of Eight
The devil makes three original theatrical trailer
The Devil Makes Three is a 1952 thriller film set in post-World War II Germany, starring Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli and Richard Egan.
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.
Gene Kelly as Captain Jeff Eliot
Pier Angeli as Wilhelmina "Willie" Lehrt
Richard Rober as Colonel James Terry
Richard Egan as Captain Parker
Claus Clausen as Heisemann
Margot Hielscher: Bar Singer
Ruth Megary: Waitress
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.