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Women in the Night

Women in the Night(1948)

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The print viewed bore the title Curse of a Teenage Nazi, an apparent television-release title. The film's credits state: "Filmed at the luxurious Playa Ensenada Hotel, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico" and indicate that the story was "Based on official reports on Axis atrocities against women." The credits also acknowledge the technical crew, composed of the Union of Workers of Motion Picture Production of the Republic of Mexico. The film was dedicated to the women of the world who "felt the direct, crushing impact" of World War II.
       A written foreword to the film states that it was based on actual secret case histories of crimes against women in Nazi and Japanese officers' clubs. Several reviews questioned the veracity of that claim, however, and Los Angeles Daily News review stated that the film "vainly tries to conceal its deficiencies behind a 'documentary' beginning...[and] is as remote from a documentary as burlesque is from Shakespeare." The foreword also states that the film was produced "in the hope that an aroused public opinion will be instrumental in assuring that this savagery to women will never be repeated." The film marked the first effort for the newly formed Southern California Pictures, which was headed by St. Louis exhibitor Louis K. Ansell.