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The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | October 1943 (USA)
1940. Captain Terence Stevenson with the British Army is part of the bomb disposal unit in London, his primary job to defuse them. Despite having no experience as a spy, he is asked by his ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Howard Emmett Rogers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Donat ... Capt. Terence Stevenson
Valerie Hobson ... Maruschuka Lanova
Walter Rilla ... Inspector Otto Vogel
Glynis Johns ... Paula Palacek
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Anna Palacek
Martin Miller ... Dr. Novotny
Anthony Eustrel ... German MP Officer (as Anthony Eustral)
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Dr. Willendorf
David Ward David Ward ... Bronte
Friedrich Richter Friedrich Richter ... Gen. Weymouth (as Frederic Richter)
John Penrose ... Lt. Krantz at the Skoda Factory
J. Hubert Leslie J. Hubert Leslie ... Peter Valek (as Hubert Leslie)
Mabel Terry-Lewis ... Mrs. Stevenson (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
Miki Iveria ... Female Worker Shot at the Skoda Factory
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Storyline

1940. Captain Terence Stevenson with the British Army is part of the bomb disposal unit in London, his primary job to defuse them. Despite having no experience as a spy, he is asked by his superiors, because of his academic background as a chemical engineer and being fluent in Romanian and German, to lead a spy mission deep in Nazi occupied territory. The Nazis have near perfected a formula for a new poisonous gas to use in chemical warfare, his mission to infiltrate the gas plant near Pilsen in Czechoslovakia where it is being mass produced, steal the formula to bring back to Britain, and blow up the plant before the Nazis are able to distribute the gas for their war effort. He is to assume the identity of chemical engineer Jan Tartu of the Romanian Iron Guard, the real Tartu who the Nazis are unaware has been killed. To carry out his mission, Stevenson will require the assistance of the underground in Czechoslovakia, he given the name of a contact through which he is to work. ... Written by Huggo

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A beautiful girl! A dangerous mission!

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabotage Agent See more »

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Runtime:

(alternate)

Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Color:

Black and White | Color (colorized)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The print I have clearly calls this film, "Sabotage Agent", and titles are the standard vintage MGM titles of the time. See more »

Goofs

The SS uniforms have the collar tabs reversed - the SS rune should be on the right and the rank insignia on the left. See more »

Alternate Versions

American version completely re-edited with some voiceover and numerous scene changes. Notable was the elimination of the scene where Robert Donat visits his mother (played by Mabel Terry-Lewis) right after he receives his assignment. As it was her only scene, she did not appear in the American version. See more »

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very good wartime spy film
27 April 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A good-sized budget, wonderful stars, a good script and excellent direction by Harold Bucquet make for a top-notch British film, "Sabotage Agent," made in 1943 and starring Robert Donat, Valerie Hobson, and Glynis Johns. Donat plays a British soldier sent to destroy a poison gas the Nazis are making in Czechoslovakia. There, posing as an Iron Guard member, Jan Tartu, he draws attention to himself as a loud dresser and a ladies' man while trying to infiltrate the underground.

The severely asthmatic Donat goes all out in this one, playing his Tartu character to the hilt, preening and raising his arm as he says "Heil Hitler" every other minute, it seems. He definitely mines the humor in the role. His costar is the beautiful and elegant Valerie Hobson, who rooms in the same house as Tartu. Her family has lost everything and now she consorts with Nazi generals, hoping to feather her nest. Glynis Johns plays a young girl who lives with her mother in the conscripted house, but she also works in the factory where "Tartu" is assigned as a guard. When she is caught at sabotage, his work is threatened.

The film uses newsreel footage of London being bombed, and the laboratory set is amazing, as is the photography throughout the film. The shot of silhouetted soldiers against the skies in the beginning is beautiful. A very exciting and well-acted film, highly recommended.


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