The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

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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:
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!


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October 1943 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


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

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better than expected, but falls short of a classic
3 December 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"The Adventures of Tartu" has a fine opening scene, quickly establishing Robert Donat as a cool and collected expert in defusing bomb which hadn't exploded in one of the Nazi's blitzes of London. The scenes which follow are a bit erratic. Donat's acting is always superb, but the dialog and situations which he has been given generally do not build suspense or audience sympathy. There are fleetingly good lines and occasionally good moments, but the opening and the finale are the finest parts of the film---it would seem that these were the most concentrated upon by the filmmakers, with the centre section being somewhat secondary.

The closing scenario and its seemingly expansive set anticipate that of "Dr. No" and many subsequent Bond films. Donat essayed a similar role in "Knight Without Armour" (1937) in which he was a British spy posing as a Russian revolutionary during and after WWI, but that film was far superior on every level to this one. Still, any film with Donat is interesting at the very least, and "Tartu" is fairly good.

Thus far (as of 2013) a very clear print of this motion picture hasn't surfaced, but perhaps Criterion will restore/release one in the future, should the British Film Institute or some such other organisation have a good transfer from the original negative on hand.

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