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The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | October 1943 (USA)
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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Paula Palacek
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Martin Miller ...
Doctor Novotny
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German MP Officar (as Anthony Eustral)
Percy Walsh ...
Dr. Willendorf
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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 ...
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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. 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!

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The Ju 88 bomber used for the escape scene at the end is a genuine German aircraft. Originally of 3/KG30, the aircraft landed by mistake at Broadfield Down airfield (Lulsgate Bottom), near Bristol, after a night raid on Birkenhead on 23/24 July 1941. It was taken on charge by the Royal Aircraft Establishment as EE205 and, after tactical trials with the Air Fighting Development Unit, was operated by No. 1426 Flight, who temporarily restored the German markings for this film. See more »

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The SS uniforms have the collar tabs reversed - the SS rune should be on the right and the rank insignia on the left. See more »

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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 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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