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The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

 -  Drama | Romance | Thriller  -  October 1943 (USA)
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Stevenson, a British soldier fluent in Rumanian and German, goes undercover to sabotage a German poison-gas factory. He turns himself into Jan Tartu, a member of the Rumanian Iron Guard. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Captain Terence Stevenson, aka Jan Tartu
Maruschuka Lanova
Walter Rilla ...
Inspector Otto Vogel
Paula Palacek
Phyllis Morris ...
Anna Palacek
Martin Miller ...
Doctor Novotny
Anthony Eustrel ...
German MP Officar (as Anthony Eustral)
Percy Walsh ...
Dr. Willendorf
David Ward ...
Bronte, the Underground Pilot
Friedrich Richter ...
General Weymouth (as Frederic Richter)
John Penrose ...
Lieutenant Krantz at the Skoda Factory
Hubert Leslie ...
Peter Valek, Shoemaker Contact
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
Mrs. Stevenson (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
Miki Iveria ...
Female Worker Shot at the Skoda Factory


Stevenson, a British soldier fluent in Rumanian and German, goes undercover to sabotage a German poison-gas factory. He turns himself into Jan Tartu, a member of the Rumanian Iron Guard. But when his contacts are destroyed, his cover may get him killed by the very underground he needs to succeed. Written by Kathy Li

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A beautiful girl! A dangerous mission!


Drama | Romance | Thriller | War


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Release Date:

October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sabotage Agent  »

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1.37 : 1
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The poem that Robert Donat and the others quote is from English poet William Wordsworth: "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils" See more »


Referenced in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Entertaining and fast moving espionage tale with excellent Donat performance...
10 April 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Robert Donat gives a very spirited performance as a British spy fluent in languages who is assigned to sabotage a Nazi gas factory in Czechoslovakia. He's more action-oriented than usual in a role requiring a lot of physical action while keeping one step ahead of the Nazis.

His spying activities also include some romantic moments with lovely Valerie Hobson, a woman who openly flirts with Nazi officers while working with the Czech underground. She and Donat join forces eventually but some misunderstandings almost ruin their partnership. The clever plot takes a number of interesting twists as the story unfolds in a brisk and very compelling manner.

Photography is first rate as are the various sets, especially the unique looking laboratory with its glass elevator overlooking an elaborate looking set design. Donat is charming in the central role and gets solid support from an excellent British supporting cast. Especially good are Walter Rilla as an officer in love with Hobson and Glynis Johns in a small role as an ill-fated Czech loyalist.

Highly recommended as one of the best espionage yarns from the U.K. during the war years.

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