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Stamboul Quest (1934)

Approved | | Romance, Thriller, Drama | 13 July 1934 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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(story) (as Leo Birinski), (screenplay)
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Cast

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Annemarie aka Fräulein Doktor and Helena Bohlen
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Herr Von Sturm
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Ali Bey
Rudolph Anders ...
Karl (as Rudolph Amendt)
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Ameel Roberts
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Storyline

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 Stephen Bayer <sbayer@zycor.lgc.com>

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13 July 1934 (USA)  »

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Estratégia de Mulher  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Ali Bey arrives at the charity bazaar, his soldiers salute him, and the salutes are standard right-hand-to-the-forehead salutes, except for the soldier who holds his thumb to his nose, with the palm open and his four fingers extended (but not wiggling). Yet it still appears as if he is thumbing his nose at Ali Bey. See more »

Quotes

Douglas Beall: Oh, ah, whom shall I say is calling?
Ali Bey: I am Ali Bey
Douglas Beall: Ali Bey? Pig Latin?
Ali Bey: What?
Douglas Beall: Oh, nothing sir.
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Soundtracks

Gschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
(Played when Annemarie is lying on the sofa in Beall's room)
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Abandon the Quest
24 July 2014 | by (California) – See all my reviews

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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