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Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

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

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Cast

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Schneider
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Schlager
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Dr. Kassell
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Attorney Kellogg
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Hilda Kleinhauer
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Erika Wolf
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Mrs. Schneider
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British Military Intelligence Agent
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Mrs. Kassell (as Celia Sibelius)
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Werner Renz
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Krogman (as Sig Rumann)
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Hintze
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Wildebrandt
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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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THEY don't want you to see this picture!

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

6 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confessione di una spia nazista  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Haller took over as director of photography when Sol Polito fell ill. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward (1882)
Played as background music at the end
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My brief review of the film
1 January 2006 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well paced and watchable even if obvious propaganda, the film does not have much in the way of a good story, but some very competent acting and good editing keep it afloat. The narration is heavy-handed and far too dramatic to have any impact, and there are many stereotype characters in the mix, but yet the film has a sort of exciting, riveting style to it, and therefore it is easy to imagine that it was effective propaganda in its time, even with some shortcomings and a lack of subtlety. It is not brilliant film-making, but there are a couple of reasons why it may be of some interest. Firstly, it captures the attitudes and propaganda ideas that were around at the time. Secondly, the film is relatively entertaining, even if quite predictable and a bit obvious. It is not a great film, but it is worth a look.


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