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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Richter-Douglas
Erika Altschul
Peter Carsten ...
Major Tauntler
Marius Goring ...
Prof. Altschul
Colonel Hirsch
Von Gorian
Rupert Davies ...
Captain Whitney
William Marlowe ...
Richard Hurndall ...
Blinker Hall
Michael Robbins ...
Cockney Sergeant
George Mikell ...
German Officer
Clive Morton ...
Lord Delford


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 <>

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


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6 October 1971 (USA)  »

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Tragedy struck during the production when a plane and a helicopter collided and four people were killed, including second unit cameraman Skeets Kelly. See more »


The British aircraft pursuing the airship include SE5's, which entered service in March 1917, although the movie is set in September 1915. See more »


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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Referenced in The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) See more »

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weak ending but a great looking airship
29 August 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

While the film ends with a lot of threads still loose, the film is worth watching for great period costumes, sets, and especially the airship used by the Germans in the raid on England. Whether historically accurate or not in its design, the airship is in a lot of ways the true star of this film. The story does not fully develop the theme of divided loyalty completely and the ending seems a bit abrupt, but the action scenes are exciting and expertly directed. Great aerial footage and many scenes are filmed from very high up

  • you may not want to watch this one if you are scared of heights! Worth a

look for World War I or aviation buffs.

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