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The Devil's Agent (1962)

In East Germany, a double agent falls for a beautiful young escapee from Hungary.

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Georg Droste
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Mr. Smith
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Nora Gulden
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Baron Ferdi von Staub
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Gen. Greenhahn
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Piroska Maslov
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Inspector Paul Huebling
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Father Zombary
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Countess Carla Cosimano
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Count Dezsepalvy
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Paul Vass
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Bloch
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Michael Brennan ...
Horvat
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Johnny Droste
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In East Germany, a double agent falls for a beautiful young escapee from Hungary.

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Once an agent, always an agent
4 July 2017 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1962's "The Devil's Agent" is a long forgotten programmer in the bygone Cold War days of black and white espionage, ending with the surge of Eurospy glamour in the wake of James Bond. We open in 1950 Vienna, as wine merchant Georg Droste (Peter Van Eyck) sees his son off to school, then bumps into an old friend of 25 years, Baron Ferdi von Staub (Christopher Lee), who invites Georg over to his country estate for a little fishing. This seemingly idyllic setting soon gives way to the coldest of Cold War plots, as Georg quickly realizes that he has been used as a courier for the Soviets, forced to trade information to the US through Secret Service chief Mr. Smith (Macdonald Carey), otherwise he's a dead man. From Vienna to Budapest to Hamburg, he must use his wits to outmaneuver his captors at every turn, for he learns to his eternal detriment, 'once an agent, always an agent.' The other supporting actors are a choice bunch, with Billie Whitelaw, David Knight, Niall MacGinnis, Eric Pohlmann, Peter Vaughan, Michael Brennan, and Walter Gotell offering up vivid characterizations in little screen time. The presence of Christopher Lee, even in a disappointingly small role (returning to Ireland's Ardmore Studios for 1965's "The Face of Fu Manchu"), provides the strongest marquee value, a missed opportunity indeed for the lost footage featuring Peter Cushing, whose role has been sadly lost in time, deleted prior to release, and no other information surfacing on his participation. Perhaps the movie would be better remembered today as a Cushing-Lee vehicle, despite neither in the starring role, but at least we get half the equation.


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