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Robert Westerby (screenplay)
Hans Habe (novel)
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September 1962 (UK) See more »
In East Germany, a double agent falls for a beautiful young escapee from Hungary. | Add synopsis »
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THE DEVIL'S AGENT (John Paddy Carstairs, 1962) **1/2 See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)

Peter van Eyck ... Georg Droste

Marianne Koch ... Nora Gulden

Macdonald Carey ... Mr. Smith

Christopher Lee ... Baron Ferdi von Staub

Billie Whitelaw ... Piroska Maslov
Albert Lieven ... Inspector Huebling
David Knight ... Father Zombary
Marius Goring ... Gen. Greenhahn
Helen Cherry ... Countess Carla Cosimano
Colin Gordon ... Count Dezsepalvy
Niall MacGinnis ... Paul Vass

Eric Pohlmann ... Bloch

Peter Vaughan ... Chief of Hungarian Police
Michael Brennan ... Horvat

Jeremy Bulloch ... Johnny Droste

Walter Gotell ... Dr. Ritter
John Cowley ... Funnel-Shaped Man
Peter Lamb ... Muller
Christopher Casson ... Headmaster
Bart Bastable ... Cattle Truck Driver
Charles Byrne ... Vazlan
Vincent Dowling ... Father Farcosc
Adrian Cronon ... Young Priest
Robert Lepler ... Head Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Cushing ... (scenes deleted)
Jeffrey O'Kelly ... Spy (uncredited)

Directed by
John Paddy Carstairs 
Writing credits
Robert Westerby (screenplay)

Hans Habe (novel "Im Namen des Teufels")

John Paddy Carstairs  uncredited

Produced by
Artur Brauner .... executive producer
Emmet Dalton .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Green 
Cinematography by
Gerald Gibbs 
Film Editing by
Tom Simpson 
Art Direction by
Tony Inglis 
Makeup Department
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
Helga Budina .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Victor Lyndon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Slark .... assistant director
Art Department
Josie MacAvin .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Feliks Sergejak .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dal Emanuel .... sound
Liam Saurin .... sound
Barrie Vince .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator
Stuart Hetherington .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tina Swanson .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Music Department
Clive Lithgoe .... musician: piano
Other crew
Splinters Deason .... continuity

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77 min | Germany:88 min (DVD version)
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THE DEVIL'S AGENT (John Paddy Carstairs, 1962) **1/2, 19 July 2015
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This was another low-budget Christopher Lee movie that I was totally unfamiliar with – in fact, I had initially mistaken it as merely an alternate title for the Edgar Wallace "Krimi" THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL (1961; which I also recently acquired in tribute to his passing and which I will be getting to presently)!

That said, the result proved quite a surprise – not least for the remarkable cast its producers managed to hire: Peter Van Eyck in a rare and atypically heroic leading role; Macdonald Carey (who had just supplied the obligatory marquee value to Hammer's extraordinary THESE ARE THE DAMNED {shot 1961 but released 1963}), a one-armed Marius Goring, Walter Gotell, Albert Lieven (also from THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL and who had himself assumed the central part for director Carstairs' SLEEPING CAR TO TRIESTE {1948}), Marianne Koch, Niall MacGinnis, Eric Pohlmann, Peter Vaughan and Billie Whitelaw. Incidentally, the IMDb claims that Peter Cushing was also involved but had his scenes deleted – however, I doubt this, since that same site also gives the running-time as 77 minutes…while my "Something Weird Video"(!) print clocks in at 97! As for Lee, though his role is fairly brief, it is the one that sets the protagonist on his globe-trotting doom-laden path.

Indeed, the film is an episodic Cold War thriller (the title, then, boasts no occult underpinning but merely refers to Van Eyck's precarious status within the narrative as a spy working both sides!) made before the subgenre's heyday, which kicked off around 1965; with this in mind, the plot line is predictably convoluted and decidedly short on action, yet the whole emerges a reasonably suspenseful outing just the same – complete with an unexpected downbeat 'curtain'. Interestingly, nominal leading lady Koch's best-known role was similarly a damsel-in-distress saved by a double-faced hero, albeit against a Wild West setting, i.e. Sergio Leone's seminal A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)!

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