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British Agent (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 15 September 1934 (USA)
It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph ... See full summary »

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Gaston LeFarge
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Poohbah Evans (as Ivan Simpson)
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Sir Walter Carrister
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Commissioner of War Trotsky (as J. Carroll Naish)
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Under Secretary Stanley
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Tito Del Val
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Mr. Henry Farmer
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Paul DeVigney
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Mr. X
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Lenin
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Lady Carrister
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It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph Stalin, to sign in Petrograd a separate treaty with the Germans. Germany had been at war with its neighbors. Steve has to deal with Elena Moura, the attractive secretary of Lenin and spy too. Steve falls in love with Elena. Written by Robert

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The story is based on and inspired by the experiences of Moura Budberg. See more »

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Bob Medill: [after seeing the gypsy singer throw back a glass of vodka] If her eyes don't water after that, she can't possibly be a good girl.
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Romance And Counterrevolution
13 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Purportedly based on the memoirs of R.H. Bruce Lockhart, the UK's man on the ground during the days of the Russian Revolution, Leslie Howard plays the consul general at the British Embassy whose other tasks include fomenting a little counterrevolution on the side. That's constantly getting in the way of his romance with Bolshevik Kay Francis.

What was fascinating here was that the spy Howard was so terribly indiscreet as to allow Francis to gain valuable information for her side. As a British Agent it seemed like everything that Howard was trying came up real short except in the romance department.

But Howard and Francis are a good match in screen chemistry in the romance department. As history British Agent leaves a lot to be desired. I think had the film been done by a British studio it probably would have turned out better.


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