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British Intelligence (1940)

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Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler.

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Valdar
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Helene von Lorbeer
Bruce Lester ...
Frank Bennett
Leonard Mudie ...
James Yeats
Holmes Herbert ...
Arthur Bennett
Austin Fairman ...
George Bennett
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During WWI pretty German master spy Helene von Lorbeer is sent undercover to London to live with the family of a high-placed British official where she is to rendezvous with the butler Valdar, also a spy, and help him transmit secret war plans back to Germany. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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spy | german | mole | double agent | butler | See more »

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29 January 1940 (USA)  »

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The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 13 August 1918 and had 335 performances. It was produced by George M. Cohan and the cast included Frank Sheridan and Cora Witherspoon. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Arthur Benneft: But, tell me, Yeats, these sacrifices we are all making - do you think they will eventually mean something to mankind?
Colonel James Yeats: I wish I were able to answer that question. We want to help humanity. We fight wars only because we crave peace so ardently and pray that each war will be the last. But always in the strange scheme of things some maniac with a lust for power arises and, in one moment, destroys the peace and tranquility we've created through the years. We hate war! We despise it, but...
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The swelling of the end title music cuts off the end of Colonel Yates's final line. However, as he has just said "We will fight on" and is simply repeating "and on, and on, and on," it was likely not a mistake. See more »

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The British Were Giving Up A Lot To Catch This Master Spy
12 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This World War II flag waver with obligatory references to the World War II situation which was wholly unlike what brought us to World War twenty five or so years earlier, concerns British Intelligence and their effort to trap a master spy. Given who's in the cast you kind of know what the result will be in the end.

Margaret Lindsay is a German agent, planted in the home of a cabinet minister during World War I with one objective, make contact with the guy who's the chief German spy in Great Britain. Her immediate contact is Boris Karloff who is a French refugee employed by the minister, Holmes Herbert as a butler.

The one thing that comes through in this film is that our friends across the pond want this guy bad. They're willing to let all kinds of information go which result in the sinking of ships, losses of factories, men on the western front, all that to make sure their cover is not blown. Of course it all works out in the end.

With casting that's not so obvious and with elimination of all the flag waving which is overblown because it is attributing things to Wilhelmine Germany that are true for Nazi Germany, it could have been a much better film.


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