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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

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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Trivia

The movie is based on an actual spy-ring trial in New York in 1938, which convicted four individuals of spying for the German government. See more »

Goofs

According to the film the spies are allegedly working for "German Naval Intelligence." In reality no such agency ever existed. The Abwehr was the joint intelligence service that coordinated foreign espionage for the entire German military. Before and during most of WWII the Abwehr was headed by an Admiral (Wilhelm Canaris.) Also, Canaris and Himmler, the head of the SS, detested one another and would never have cooperated as shown in the film (the producers may not have known this in 1939.) 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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Spoofed in Ali-Baba Bound (1940) See more »

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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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Taken from the files of the FBI
26 May 2000 | by (Walnut Creek, CA) – See all my reviews

According to the host of "Turner Classic Movies", this movie is based on F.B.I. files. I also learned that the theatrical release of "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" almost resulted an international incident that might have caused America's premature entrance into World War II, two years before the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I've seen documentaries about the activities of the German-American Bundt and can tell you that this movie has the frightening ring of authenticity. Well worth seeing if you can't get a hold of documentaries on the subject.


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