Movies

Freedom Radio (1940 with Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard)

freedom-radio

UK / 1940

Director: Anthony Asquith
Writers: Anatole de Grunwald, Basil Woon, Jeffrey Dell, Louis Golding, Gordon Wellesley, Bridget Roland, Roland Pertwee

Cast: Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard, Raymond Huntley, Derek Farr, Joyce Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford, John Penrose, Morland Graham, Ronald Squire, Reginald Beckwith, Clifford Evans, Bernard Miles, Gibb McLaughlin, Muriel George, Martita Hunt, Hay Petrie, Katie Johnson, George Hays, Manning Whiley, Abraham Sofaer

Clive Brook stars in this British wartime propaganda drama as Karl Roder, an Austrian doctor in Second World War Vienna who comes to realise that no matter how much the Germans patronise his practice, he is utterly opposed to everything they stand for.

At first the Doctor is interested in what the Nazis have to offer and this is reciprocated by the German overlords. They lionise Roder and treat him as if he were one of their own. However, as he begins to look around him, the Doctor sees the everyday cruelty of the regime as people he knows and loves become victims to the Nazis’ policies. This becomes even more pronounced when he sees that his wife, Irena (Diana Wynyard), is being seduced into National Socialism by the flattery of the Germans.

As a result of this, Roder decides to make a stand. He makes contact with engineer Hans Glaser (Derek Farr), who has his own reasons to hate the Germans, and together they set up a secret radio station that broadcasts propaganda against the Nazis, promising that one day things will improve in a Germany without Hitler. However, in taking a stand, Roder puts his own life at risk…