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The Two-Headed Spy (1958)

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This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.

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Gen. Alex Schottland
Gia Scala ...
Lili Geyr
Erik Schumann ...
Lt. Reinisch
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Gestapo Leader Müller
Felix Aylmer ...
Cornaz
Walter Hudd ...
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Laurence Naismith ...
Gen. Hauser
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Dietz
Kenneth Griffith ...
Robert Crewdson ...
1st Gestapo Agent
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Gestapo Agent
Harriette Johns ...
Karen Corscher
Martin Benson ...
Gen. Wagner
Victor Woolf ...
Pawnbroker
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World War II spy thriller supposedly based on true story. British secret agent successfully infiltrates Nazi military, achieves rank of general during WWII. He gains full confidence of entire Nazi high command, including Fuhrer Adolf Hitler himself, save one suspecting German officer. All the while the spy passes war-winning information to Allies assisted by two loyal Berlin contacts, first a man then a nightclub singer. A war drama with love-interest relationship and a cliffhanger finale. Also memorable is frightening Adolf Hitler always portrayed from behind, face unseen but with snarling, tyrannical voice. Written by Arthur_2323

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Fantastic exploits of the master spy of World War II ! See more »

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16 February 1959 (Sweden)  »

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Chef de réseau  »

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According to Denis Gifford in his article "Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler?" from the film history tome 'The Movie', this film was the first British film made after World War II to feature Adolph Hitler as a character. See more »

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Use of reel to reel tape recorder. While Americans may believe tape recording was a post-war development, it is a fact that Germany had built and developed practical tape recorders in the 1940's. They were used in both military and broadcasting situations. After the war, the Ampex corporation was given the German technology as a reward for their war work and they began to manufacture tape recorders in the US. The Ampex model 300 was a very close copy of the German production unit. Some industry journals even suggested that Ampex sold existing units seized from German warehouses before they began manufacture. However, the unit shown in the film is not an Ampex 300 and it is unlikely that German tape would be mounted on plastic reels as shown. See more »

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Only One For Me
Written by Peter Hart
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Anachronism: Tape Recorder
2 August 2008 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

In one scene Gestapo agents are shown recording a telephone call. Unfortunately, they are using a tape recorder (as opposed to a metal wire one). Tape recording did not exist until 1947, well after the movie's time.

Before that, as seen in movies like "Walk a Crooked Mile," agents used a shellac disk or, later on, a wire recorder which had as its medium a metal wire. Another option was the Dictaphone which used a wax cylinder similar to the early Edison recording.

In the 1950's two-track recording was born and in the 1960's 4-track. I know this is incredibly boring but there is a minimum length for submitting comments.


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