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British Agent (1934)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  15 September 1934 (USA)
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It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph ... See full summary »

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William Gargan ...
Bob Medill
Phillip Reed ...
Gaston LeFarge
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Sergei Pavlov
Ivan F. Simpson ...
'Poohbah' Evans (as Ivan Simpson)
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Sir Walter Carrister
J. Carrol Naish ...
Commissioner of War Trotsky (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Byron ...
Under Secretary Stanley
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Tito Del Val
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Mr. Henry Farmer
Alphonse Ethier ...
Paul DeVigney
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Mr. X
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Doris Lloyd ...
Lady Carrister
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It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph Stalin, to sign in Petrograd a separate treaty with the Germans. Germany had been at war with its neighbors. Steve has to deal with Elena Moura, the attractive secretary of Lenin and spy too. Steve falls in love with Elena. Written by Robert

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Producer Jack L. Warner wanted to send a film crew to Russia for location shots, but his request was denied. See more »

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Sergei Pavlov: You're going to be shot tomorrow morning - and buried in quicklime with fifty others.
Bob Medill: Don't apologize; you know how democratic we Americans are.
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"never mix business with pleasure" - but this film is an exception to the rule
13 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

"British Agent" succeeds in being both thought-provoking, and emotionally engaging. It would've been easy to lose the characters in the history lesson, but, fortunately, even the supporting cast make an impression and make you care about what happens to them. There is genuine tension, and grief at the deaths which occur. I thought there was a good balance between expository dialogue and action scenes, as well.

True, at 80 minutes the story is rushed - it could've been a bit longer, especially to give more depth to the relationship that develops between Steve (Leslie Howard) and Elena (Kay Francis). They seem to declare love rather quickly. However, thanks to the good actors involved, it's not too implausible. One feels sympathy for all the characters, and understanding of both sides - no small feat, considering the opposing political views.

This film provides an effective introductory history lesson, a relatively unbiased portrayal of two different countries/ideologies, and a gripping love story. It's not easy to juggle all these elements into a cohesive whole, but I believe "British Agent" does a fine job of educating *and* entertaining. Sometimes you *can* mix business with pleasure.


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