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I watched a fine widescreen copy of "The Devil's Agent" (1962) that ran 88 minutes. This film boasts an amazing cast. Is there another film that has both Albert Lieven and Marius Goring in it in supporting roles? Or the trio Niall MacGinnis, Eric Pohlmann and Peter Vaughan in support? Or features both Billie Whitelaw and Marianne Koch? Or that brings in Macdonald Carey and Christopher Lee in support? Peter van Eyck is a wine merchant who innocently gets roped into carrying commie secrets for Christopher Lee across a European border during the Cold War. Macdonald Carey, the American spy chief, finds this out and ruthlessly extorts Eyck into working as a double agent. Eyck is sent to Budapest, where his passport is taken away by the Hungarians who have their own distinct interests from the Russians who are working Eyck too as well as the Americans. Everyone is getting suspicious of Eyck. He is a triple agent if you count either his own interest or that of the Hungarians.
Eyck is the protagonist who is really caught in a web. This is clearly a noir situation, but the film lacks noir photography or feeling. The story is told in episodes, but gradually it becomes clear what Eyck is after, which is to save his own skin and escape from a position of weakness compared to the spy masters. He has a son to think of and a romantic attachment to Koch too.
The movie itself is on the low budget side, with some sound stage work that's not quite up to par. Some sets lack richness. The episodic structure is abrupt and doesn't do justice to what Eyck is going through. These negatives are countered by the cast, and Eyck is consistently interesting, as he is in his movies. Location work helps at times too.
But most interesting of all is the rather cold-blooded way in which the spy masters operate and the matter-of-fact way in which Eyck's predicament develops into one from which escape is not assured.
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