German director Douglas Sirk fled to America and, with funding from German expatriates, independently produced his first American film, which detailed the horrors wrought on the Czechoslovakian town of Lidice after the assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich. The film was shot in a week, and
Sirk cast Carradine as the brutal governor of the occupied area of Czechoslovakia who performed his sadistic duties with relish. When Carradine is fatally wounded one day by resistance fighters while driving to his headquarters, the fate of Lidice is up for grabs. Surprisingly, Carradine denounces
Hitler and his ambitions while on his deathbed. Ignoring his comrade's sudden cha...