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I Was a Spy (1933)

Approved | | Drama, War | 15 December 1933 (USA)
During World War I, a young nurse in a hospital in German-occupied Belgium is secretly feeding military information to the British. Complicating matters is the guilt she feels when she has ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Ian Hay (additional dialogue), W.P. Lipscomb (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Madeleine Carroll ... Martha Cnockhaert
Herbert Marshall ... Stephan
Conrad Veidt ... Commandant Oberaertz
Edmund Gwenn ... Burgomaster
Gerald du Maurier ... Doctor
Donald Calthrop ... Cnockhaert
May Agate May Agate ... Mme. Cnockhaert
Eva Moore ... Canteen Ma
Martita Hunt ... Aunt Lucille
Nigel Bruce ... Scottie
George Merritt ... Captain Reichman
Anthony Bushell ... Otto
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During World War I, a young nurse in a hospital in German-occupied Belgium is secretly feeding military information to the British. Complicating matters is the guilt she feels when she has to treat the German casualties inflicted as a result of the information she's passed on, and the fact that the local German commandant is falling in love with her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1933 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Martita Hunt. See more »

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Referenced in Ulysses' Gaze (1995) See more »

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Symphony No. 7
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Madeleine Carroll As A Spy
24 April 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Madeleine Carroll plays Martha Cnockhaert , a Belgian nurse who spied for the British during the First World War.

THe movie is based on Miss Cnockhaert's memoirs of the same title .... ghost-written by her husband, John 'Jock' McKenna. It's a highly romantic view of the trade, with Herbert Marshall as her lover and fellow spy, Edmund Gwenn as the town's mayor, and Conrad Veidt giving a very creepy performance as the commander of the German occupying forces. Miss Carroll gives a fine, layered performance, and while it is clear this was a major production for Gaumont British, with a large cast of extras, director Victor Saville focuses the camera on her. She's worth it.

There was a spate of women-spies-of-the-Great-War movies about this time from Hollywood. The best remembered one is probably MATA HARI, starring Greta Garbo. Hollywood offered a sexy, Pre-Code vision of espionage. This movie offers a less baroque, more intimate view.


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