In 1915, frustrated with the German air-raids on London, British Intelligence sends Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas, who has German ancestry, to Germany, to find information about the latest German Zeppelin.

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Geoffrey Richter-Douglas
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Erika Altschul
Peter Carsten ...
Major Tauntler
Marius Goring ...
Prof. Altschul
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Colonel Hirsch
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Von Gorian
Rupert Davies ...
Captain Whitney
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Stephanie
William Marlowe ...
Anderson
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Blinker Hall
Michael Robbins ...
Cockney Sergeant
George Mikell ...
German Officer
Clive Morton ...
Lord Delford
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Harlich
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Brandner
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The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian family, and he spent his summers in Germany as a child. When Geoffrey is approached by a German spy who offers him a chance to defect, he reports the incident to his superiors, but instead of arresting the spy they suggest that he accept her offer--and become an Allied agent. In Germany, among old friends, Geoffrey discovers that loyalty is more complicated than he expected, especially when he finds himself aboard the maiden voyage of a powerful new prototype Zeppelin, headed for Scotland on a secret mission that could decide the outcome of the war. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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England's last hope for survival. Germany's greatest chance for victory. See more »

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The LZ36 of history first flew on 8 March 1915 and was operated by the German navy (not the army) as 'L9'. The ship carried out 74 reconnaissance missions in the North Sea, four air-raids on England dropping 5683kg of bombs, and several attacks on British submarines. It caught fire and was destroyed in its shed at Fuhlsbuttel on 16 September 1916 together with L6. See more »

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When handing LZ36 over to the army, Professor Altschul says, "She is our child, please treat her so." Unlike seagoing ships, German airships were referred to as male. See more »

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Geoffrey von Richter-Douglas: Where are the parachutes?
Frau Dr. Ericka Altschul: What parachutes?
Geoffrey von Richter-Douglas: Well, for emergencies. How do you get out of here quickly?
Von Gorian: Jump.
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Aerial suspense and thriller with lots of entertainment
16 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The movie is a fictionalized account from a German-born British official ( Michael York ) since his own point of view . He races against time to prevent a hateful scheme and thwart the plans of cunning , detestable baddies ( Anthon Driffing , Peter Carsten ). The Zeppelin made in scale model is the real star of the film , the enormous Blimp causes damages , wreak havoc , disrupts communications , rampage over cities and destroys vital points and gun positions, nowadays the Zeppelin is led a secret mission.

The film gets a magnificent creation of suspense , thriller and emotional drama including some exciting and well staged aerial images . A first rate cast with a valiant and sympathetic lieutenant well reincarnated by Michael York ( Three Musketeers , Cabaret ), a gorgeous beauty as Elke Sommer ( The prize ), her scientist husband old man ( Marius Goring of Red slippers) , Andrew Keir ( Quatermass and the Pit ) and of course the two top-notch devious villains as Anton Diffring and Peter Carsten , both of whom are usual in Nazi roles . Splendid aerial photography with impressive outdoors and sensational sky-shots by cameraman Alan Hume and good matte cinematography , besides fantastic maquettes of ingenious flying machine . Exceptional and atmospheric musical score by musician Roy Budd with extraordinary leitmotif as when the Zeppelin takes off from hangar . The picture is correctly directed by Etienne Perier . It's an acceptable picture and well produced with high budget and shot in Pinewood studies . Rating : Good , better than average .


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