This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 MGM picture “The Devil Makes Three,” with Gene Kelly, Pier Angeli, Richard Rober, Richard Egan, Claus Clausen, Wilfried Seyferth, Margot Hielscher and Annie Rosar. The screenplay was by Jerry Davis, based on a story (“Autobahn”) by Lawrence Bachmann. Photography was by Vaclav Vich, art direction by Fritz Maurischat and Paul Markwitz, musical direction by Rudolph G. Kopp, and songs by Bronislau Kaper and Jupp Schmitz. it was directed by Andrew Marton.
It is available on DVD from Warner Archive for $15.49.
“My Man and I,” with Ricardo Montalban and Shelley Winters, which was on the original double bill, is also available from Warner Archive for $15.49.
The Los Angeles Times reported (Dec. 31, 1951) that it was Kelly’s first non-musical role since the 1950 film “Black Hand” and said he wanted to take on more dramatic roles. The Times said Kelly delayed “Invitation to the Dance” to shoot “The Devil Makes Three,” based on a story titled “Autobahn.”
New York Times film critic H.H.T. said (Aug. 30, 1952):
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has gone to a great deal of trouble to authenticate “The Devil Makes Three,” a curiously disappointing melodrama of Occupied Germany and Austria which opened yesterday at the Globe…. the film remains, on the whole, a synthetic, pallid and erratic endeavor. Perhaps the source, a novel by Lawrence Bachmann, was another matter entirely. But Jerry Davis’ script is a predictable and rather sluggish account of a tender post-war romance, that of an American Army captain and a young night club “hostess” who is forced to help some Nazi smugglers, which sags tediously in a welter of starry-eyed conversation and adds up to little more than a Continental Western.
The film opened in Los Angeles on Sept. 24, 1952, with “My Man and I” at Loew’s State and the Egyptian theaters.
Los Angeles Times film critic Philip K. Scheuer said (Sept. 25, 1952):
“The Devil Makes Three” is essentially a gangster melodrama enacted against postwar Munich, Salzburg and Berchtesgaden. The gangsters are members of an ugly neo-Nazi party, soulful-eyed Miss Angeli is their child dupe and Kelly is the Yank Army captain caught in the toils…. Kelly is ill at ease even beyond the requirements of Jerry Davis’ screenplay.
Dec. 24, 1952, “The Devil Makes Three” opens in Los Angeles with “My Man and I.”
For Monday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Charlotte Flemming.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Otto Gebühr.
For Wednesday, we have a rather upset mystery gent.
Update: This is Claus Clausen.
So far, we have stumped the Brain Trust. But Thursday’s mystery lady should be a big clue.
Update: This is Pier Angeli, who likes to remind Daily Mirror readers to adjust their clocks when we go on and off of Daylight Saving Time.
For Friday, we have our non-mystery leading man and Thursday’s mystery woman.
Update: This is Gene Kelly and Pier Angeli.
Brain Trust roll call: Dewey Webb (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman), Benito (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery woman), Jenny M (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery woman), Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Sarah (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery woman).