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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 »


Michael Curtiz


R.H. Bruce Lockhart (book), Laird Doyle (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Howard ... Stephen Locke
Kay Francis ... Elena Moura
William Gargan ... Bob Medill
Phillip Reed ... Gaston LeFarge
Irving Pichel ... Sergei Pavlov
Ivan F. Simpson ... Poohbah Evans (as Ivan Simpson)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Sir Walter Carrister
J. Carrol Naish ... Commissioner of War Trotsky (as J. Carroll Naish)
Walter Byron ... Under Secretary Stanley
Cesar Romero ... Tito Del Val
Arthur Aylesworth ... Mr. Henry Farmer
Alphonse Ethier ... Paul DeVigney
Frank Reicher ... Mr. X
Tenen Holtz ... Lenin
Doris Lloyd ... Lady Carrister


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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Release Date:

15 September 1934 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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You cannot tell, but during the filming of this film Kay Francis had an accident where she cut an artery in her wrist. Later biographers speculated that it was an actual suicide attempt, but there is no proof of this. Francis claimed that she accidentally locked herself out of her home and broke a window with her hand and so cut herself. See more »


Sergei Pavlov: You're going to be shot tomorrow morning - and buried in quicklime with fifty others.
Bob Medill: Don't apologize; you know how democratic we Americans are.
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8 July 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

For cryink out Pete sakes! You get Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, a flock of 'A' film character actors and Michael Curtiz to direct, and "British Agent" is the best you come up with? My rating above is the best I can do for this stemwinder of a movie - and it's only 80 minutes long. Where did they go wrong?

For starters, the muddled plot is neither suspenseful nor compelling and the picture is saved only by its two stars. It is always a treat to watch Howard, one of filmdom's brightest and best actors in any picture, even if it's beneath his considerable talent. He had just finished "Of Human Bondage" and his next was "The Scarlet Pimpernel", so with "British Agent" he was in between pictures. Kay Francis was so lovely in all her pictures (See "Jewel Robbery") - she did it for me the way film archaeologists describe Greta Garbo - that I forgive her for a lapse in judgment for taking on this one. Normally glamorous and alluring, she was out of her element as a Russian revolutionary. And Michael Curtiz, hamstrung by the material here, had yet to make "Captain Blood" and "Robin Hood". "Casablanca" was about 10 years off.

I am certain the Russian Revolution was more interesting in person, but it is Hollywood's job to recreate events and make them exciting and entertaining. It is depressing to think of the assemblage of talent wasted on this trudge through the landscape.

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