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Published on Aug 25, 2009
Paul Anka wrote the music score for Samuel Fuller's "Verboten!" film in 1958 but the song "Verboten" (meaning "Forbidden" in German) has been composed in 1958 by the 1961 Academy Award winner Harry Sukman (1912-1984) the lyrics belongs to Hal David's elder brother Mack David (1912-1993) (Paul Anka has several songs written with Hal David or by Hal David, but just this one with Mack, Hal's brother). "Verboten" was the B side of the "Midnight" single and it's a shame that it spent just five weeks in the top reaching the highest 69 place in the chart in 28 of June 1958. The single was arranged and the orchestra conducted by the legendary Don Costa.
Samuel Fuller skillfully intercuts footage of the German death camps with scenes from this thought-provoking drama about a forbidden, post-war love affair. David (James Best) is a G.I. stationed in Germany with the American Military Government. He falls in love with Helga (Susan Cummings), a young German woman, and she reciprocates his feelings. But their romance is not condoned by either culture and made all the more difficult because a troublesome gang of neo-Nazis is on the rampage, killing, stealing, and helping war criminals evade capture.