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British Agent (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 15 September 1934 (USA)
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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Sir Walter 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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Drama | History | Romance | War

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15 September 1934 (USA)  »

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41 different sets were constructed for the film; there were 1500 cast members; 3000 rounds of ammunition was shot in the riot scenes. 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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Better this than Reds!
5 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a side of the Revolution you didn't see in Warren Beatty's love-letter to Lenin, REDS. The protagonists are a group of diplomats who are trying to counter the Red revolution by supporting the White army faction. But they're being undermined by a beautiful Russian woman (Kay Francis) who happens to be having an affair with one of the English agents (Leslie Howard), and passes info on to Lenin himself.

It's all kind of a muddle, with historical tidbits mixed in with a maudlin love story. It's hard to think of Francis as a Russian, since she makes no attempt at an accent, and Leslie Howard is one of my least favorite actors of the era (he always seems like a weedy little wimp). There are some nice sets, some war action, and a very young Cesar Romero. Definitely not as good as other international spy pictures of the 30s-40s but it deals with events not often covered in filmdom, so it's worth a look.


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