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Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

 -  Drama | War  -  6 May 1939 (USA)
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FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edward Renard
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Schneider
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Schlager
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Dr. Kassell
Henry O'Neill ...
Attorney Kellogg
Dorothy Tree ...
Hilda Kleinhauer
Lya Lys ...
Erika Wolf
Grace Stafford ...
Mrs. Schneider
James Stephenson ...
British Military Intelligence Agent
Hedwiga Reicher ...
Mrs. Kassell (as Celia Sibelius)
Joe Sawyer ...
Werner Renz
Sig Ruman ...
Krogman (as Sig Rumann)
Lionel Royce ...
Hintze
Henry Victor ...
Wildebrandt
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ...
Helldorf (as Hans von Twardowski)
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Storyline

Prior to the United States entry into World War II, Nazi spies try to steal American military secrets. Among those whose passions are roused is Kurt Schneider who was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the US Army. Schneider is not very bright and is easily swayed by the oratory of Dr. Karl Kassel, a prominent physician who is eventually made the head of the Nazi spy ring. When Schneider's contact is arrested in Scotland, the US military asks the FBI to root out the spies. Agent Edward Renard is put in charge of the case and they methodically arrest all who have been spying. Written by garykmcd

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spy | fbi | nazi | scotland | german american | See more »

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Drama | War

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6 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confessione di una spia nazista  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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The film did record-breaking box office business around the world despite being banned in Germany, Japan and 18 Latin American countries. See more »

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In one scene there is a large sign on a fence reading, "Fort Wentworth Base Hospital." The Army does not refer to its installations as "bases." A correct sign would have read "Post Hospital." See more »

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Narrator: Some months ago, various persons appeared in the federal courts of New York City and the Panama Canal Zone, charged with the crime of espionage against the armed forces of the United States. Called to the witness stand, they swore to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God". The story brought out at those trials is stranger than fiction, revealing the existence of a vast spy ring operating against the naval, military, and air forces of the United...
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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

German National Anthem (Das Lied der Deutschen)
(1797) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Haydn
Played at the New York Bund rally
Reprised at the rally in Stuttgart, Germany
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Dated, but historically interesting
18 May 2002 | by (Ky.) – See all my reviews

I think people that will find this film interesting, are those who enjoy watching movies in a historical context. Released in 1939, it was one of the earliest movies with a distinct anti-Nazi theme. There is no subtlety here. The film's theme is that there is a vast network of Nazi spies and sympathizers at work to subvert America. The film ignores the the likelihood that there were more, and better organized communists running around, then Nazi supporters. But, the purpose was political, convince Americans that there was a eminent Nazi threat. I suspect in this, the Warner Brothers, succeeded.


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