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Dark Journey (1937)

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During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love.

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Captain of Q-Boat
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Madeline Goddard is a smart young woman who owns a fashionable dress shop in neutral Sweden during World War One. Though she is grateful to avoid the fighting, the courageous and stunningly pretty Madeline feels she should be doing more for her native France. She volunteers to work as an intelligence agent, smuggling maps and other documents within the fashionable garments she ships to wealthy customers in London. Madeline's activities are so successful that British intelligence soon comes to rely on her as their main pipeline for information. At about this time, a British official in Sweden asks her to cultivate the friendship of Baron Karl Von Marwitz, a tall, distinguished-looking German officer who is in charge of counter-espionage activities at the German embassy. Unknown to Madeline, the baron has been sent to Sweden for the express purpose of discovering and eliminating the top British spy who has been smuggling out German war plans. When Madeline and Karl meet, each recognizes... Written by Dan1863Sickles

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Her Lips Kissed...But Never Told!


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2 July 1937 (USA)  »

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One of the most closely guarded secrets of the war, a Q-ship was a heavily armed merchant ship with concealed weaponry designed to lure German submarines into making surface attacks and then open fire and sink them. The idea was to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Their codename referred to their home port of Queenstown, in Ireland. See more »

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The story takes place in 1918, but all of Vivien Leigh's fashions and hairstyles, as well as those of the other women in the cast, are strictly up-to-the minute 1937 modes. See more »

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Head of Fifth Bureau: [Madeline is being interrogated by British intelligence] Come on, old girl. You've had months! What did you dig up about Von Marwitz? What about the U-boat refueling operation? Is he behind it all?
Madeleine Goddard: [clearly distressed] I don't know! Karl never talks - I mean, the baron is a mystery. Sometimes I wish...
Head of Fifth Bureau: [sympathetic] Yes, I see. Rough job for a woman, pretending to be in love with a man.
[pause]
Head of Fifth Bureau: You *are* still pretending, aren't you?
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Haunting Vivien, Murky Film
3 November 2003 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

Vivien Leigh is even better in this film than she was in GONE WITH THE WIND. She has a fragile, hunted beauty which works perfectly for her role as the unwilling spy forced into romantic entanglements and deceptions. The story is murky, but that doesn't really matter. Watch the sequence where Vivien has been marched aboard ship and locked into her stateroom for deportment as an unwanted spy. Using just her eyes and her expression, Vivien does an entire scene of tossing in her sleep, going to the porthole, and lying back down to sleep again, showing every emotion from fear, suspicion, and doubt to acceptance of her own guilt. Then there's an explosion and she sits bolt upright, looking as fragile and unspeakably lovely as a hunted deer. This is a movie where the sheer radiance of the lead actress makes everything else seem dull by comparison.


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