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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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Joan Gardner ...
Anthony Bushell ...
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Margery Pickard ...
Eliot Makeham ...
Anatole Bergen
Austin Trevor ...
Dr. Muller
Sam Livesey ...
Major Schaeffer
Edmund Willard ...
General Berlin of German Intelligence
Charles Carson ...
Head of Fifth Bureau
Philip Ray ...
Faber (as Phil Ray)
Henry Oscar ...
Swedish Magistrate
Laurence Hanray ...
Cottin
Cecil Parker ...
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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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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A WORK WHICH SUCCESSFULLY COMMANDS SEVERAL GENRES
27 November 2000 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This film features superb direction by Victor Saville, a magnificent cast led by Conrad Veidt and Vivien Leigh, outstanding production design and costumes while a complex script blends high adventure and romance; a scenario which perfectly makes order from wartime chaos and faith from despair. By combining varying themes and by a masterful use of extras, Saville clearly brings forth one of the better British efforts of the 1930s.


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