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Director:
Writers:
Lajos Biró (screenplay)
Arthur Wimperis (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
2 July 1937 (USA) See more »
Plot:
During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Firefly Without the Music See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Conrad Veidt ... Baron Karl Von Marwitz

Vivien Leigh ... Madeleine Goddard
Joan Gardner ... Lupita
Anthony Bushell ... Bob Carter

Ursula Jeans ... Gertrude
Margery Pickard ... Colette
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
Reginald Tate ... Mate of Q-Boat
Percy Walsh ... Captain of Swedish Packet

Robert Newton ... Officer of U-Boat
William Dewhurst ... The Killer
Laidman Browne ... Rugge
M. Martin Harvey ... Bohlan
Anthony Holles ... Dutchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Clifford ... Minor role (uncredited)
Cyril Smith ... Valet (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Saville 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lajos Biró  screenplay (as Lajos Biro)
Arthur Wimperis  scenario and dialogue

Produced by
Victor Saville .... producer
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell  (as Richard Adinsell)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal  (as Georges Perinal)
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Stewart 
Lionel Hoare (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert  (as Rene Hubert)
 
Art Department
Andrej Andrejew .... settings (as Andre Andrejew)
Ferdinand Bellan .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Tasto .... sound recordist (as Charles Testo)
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... assistant special effects (as Lawrence Butler)
Edward Cohen .... assistant special effects (as Eddie Cohen)
Ned Mann .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Cardiff .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Roy Douglas .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lionel Salter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alexander Korda .... presenter
L. Stackell .... technical advisor
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Madeleine Goddard:[Locked in her stateroom on board ship] A spy... a life I never wanted. And now it's over. Finished and done. So sleepy...See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Firefly Without the Music, 23 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the first reviews I ever did for IMDb was of The Firefly, the 1937 MGM musical that starred Allan Jones and Jeanette MacDonald. The original book of the Broadway operetta was scrapped for a plot involving espionage agents working for the exiled King of Spain and for Napoleon and they were played by MacDonald and Jones respectively.

It seems as though I may have discovered where the story came from as Dark Journey is in fact based on a couple of real life French and German agents operating during World War I. Both are stationed in neutral Stockholm and serve as conduits for intelligence for their respective governments.

Like in The Firefly both fall for each other and in the end the female uses all her feminine charms to trap the male as the British use a Trojan horse gambit as well as Vivien Leigh's considerable charms to nail Conrad Veidt. What do they do, you have to watch Dark Journey for that, but I have to say it is rather clever.

Dark Journey and Fire Over England with her then husband Laurence Olivier are the films that got Vivien Leigh her first real critical notice. Ultimately in her career which in point of fact has very few films to her credit, it led to double Academy Awards for Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Her beauty is stunning in Dark Journey and no hint of the physical and mental problems that plagued her tragically all her adult life.

Conrad Veidt who escaped Nazi Germany was also making quite a mark in the British cinema. His career role there would be Jaffa in The Thief of Bagdad and later on of course as Major Stroesser in Casablanca in the USA. He made a good living playing a lot of Nazis during World War II although he was as rabidly anti-Nazi as they come. He left Germany because he had a Jewish wife. He died way too young and never saw the ultimate triumph against Hitler.

If any of you have seen The Firefly you know exactly what happens to both Leigh and Veidt. You could do a lot worse than seeing both of them back to back.

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