Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross"
Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross"

Spencer Tracy Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Fred Zinnemann's "The Seventh Cross," starring Tracy as a concentration camp escapee.

Vienna-born Fred Zinnemann's first major MGM directorial assignment is an uncommonly intelligent and well researched  anti-Nazi film. Spencer Tracy plays an embittered escapee from a  concentration camp whose faith in humanity is restored when others help him reach the Dutch border. Adding authenticity is the unbilled presence in the cast of several actual German refugees, including the wives of Bertolt Brecht and Max Reinhardt.