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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Gardner ...
Anthony Bushell ...
Margery Pickard ...
Eliot Makeham ...
Austin Trevor ...
Sam Livesey ...
Major Schaeffer
Edmund Willard ...
Charles Carson ...
Head of Fifth Bureau
Philip Ray ...
Faber (as Phil Ray)
Henry Oscar ...
Swedish Magistrate
Laurence Hanray ...
Cecil Parker ...
Captain of Q-Boat


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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Release Date:

2 July 1937 (USA)  »

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The Anxious Years  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to film's director, Victor Saville, autobiography, the part of Madeleine Goddard was first offered to American Hollywood star Miriam Hopkins. See more »


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 »


Head of Fifth Bureau: [Madeline is questioned by British intelligence] You've had months! What can you tell us about Von Marwitz? What about the U-boat fueling operation?
Madeleine Goddard: [distressed] I don't know! Karl never talks... I mean, I haven't got that close to him yet. The Baron is hard to know. Sometimes I wish...
Head of Fifth Bureau: [Sympathetic] Rough job for a woman, pretending to be in love with a man.
Head of Fifth Bureau: You *are* still pretending, aren't you?
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Some unforgettable moments...
6 September 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

but this film is slow and lacking in action to be honest. Nevertheless it has two fantastic leads in Conrad Veidt and Vivian Leigh who are both excellent. Also it has outstanding cinematography and a surprisingly realistic story. There are some unforgettable scenes and moments here but the film does move at a rather slow pace.

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