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In 1915, German Counter-Intelligence Chief Von Sturm learns that someone is providing the British with critical strategic planning for the Turkish theater. He suspects Ali Bey, Turkish commander for the Dardanelles, and dispatches Annemarie to Constantinople to secure the proof. En route she becomes involved with Douglas Beall, a footloose American. Complications ensue, requiring Annemarie to engage in some dangerous improvisations. Written by
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The soundtrack and scenery was all wrong for Istanbul, shockingly wrong, as if Istanbul was medieval Baghdad as opposed to 20th century Anatolia. More importantly, and similarly, the two times that they showed messages (1 theatrical announcement, and 1 message to Ali Bey) in Ottoman Turkish, the messages were actually written in Arabic, not Turkish. See more »
The film takes place in 1915, yet refers to Mata Hari being caught and executed. Mata Hari was not arrested until 13 February 1917, and executed on 15 October 1917. See more »
There is really nothing to recommend this film, despite the quality of the actors (Myrna Loy, Lionel Atwill, Mischa Auer, Douglas Dumbrille) and the director (Sam Wood), photographer (James Wong Howe) and writer (Herman Mankiewicz) as well as the fact that the story is based on the exploits of a legendary German spy. All of which goes to show that even quality ingredients don't necessarily guarantee a fine outcome.
One of the problems is the lack of chemistry between Loy and George Brent, who is not one of my favorite actors from the 30s. Nor does the film have many of the under currents in other mid 30s films that deal with World War 1 but which are trying to caution against World War 2.
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