A military nurse recovering at an inn from a nervous breakdown keeps having dreams where she sees two men trying to murder a third. When she meets a man who is a federal agent at the inn, ... See full summary »
Book thief/forger sells a fake book to a Nazi through a female agent. A detective tries to uncover who the forger is and gets in the middle of a three way struggle for rare books and revenge in a public library.
John Francis Larkin
While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body... See full summary »
Edward Everett Horton
Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Alexander Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters ... See full summary »
A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he ... See full summary »
William Cameron Menzies
K.T. Stevens (real name: Gloria Wood) is the daughter of the film's producer, Sam Wood. See more »
In the opening scene Paul Lukas's character Martin Schulz are toasting to San Francisco as he is leaving soon, one can see they are standing in front of a picture that cuts off-does not go all the way to the top of the screen. See more »
A German-American art dealer (Paul Lukas) returns to Germany during the 1930's after Hitler has taken power, in order to find, ship, and sell European art through his and his partner's (Morris Carnovsky) San Francisco gallery. Nazism's allure gradually creeps into his (Lukas') psyche, aided by his relationship with a wealthy baron played by Carl Esmond. Lukas ends up having to betray his family and friends in order to win favor with Esmond. His stay in Germany becomes fateful and deadly for the daughter of his partner (who is Jewish) who accompanies he and his family on the trip in order to gain acting experience in Berlin. Her stage debut qualifies as must see in terms of sets, photography, and overall impact. It's probably the best scene in the film. Lukas's character's transition is never fully realized. He constantly faces difficult choices and is under pressure from Esmond who, like any smart Nazi, suspects anyone exhibiting any sense of uncertainty or wavering commitment to the cause. In that aspect lies the film's major point, the differentiation between the two men, and the crushing consequences that await.
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