Deuxième bureau (1935)

Captain Benoît manages to take possession of the plans of a new German airplane. The German counter-espionage assigns one of their agents, beautiful Erna Fiedler, to seduce Benoît and to eliminate him. But the two spies fall in love.

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Pierre Billon
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Murat ... Capitaine Benoit
Véra Korène ... L'Espionne Erna Flieder
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Alcover ... Weygelmann
Henry Bonvallet Henry Bonvallet ... Schaffingen
Janine Crispin ... Dorothee
Maurice Devienne Maurice Devienne
Geno Ferny Geno Ferny ... L'Aubergiste
Jean Galland ... Lieutenant Van Strammer
Anthony Gildès Anthony Gildès ... An Old Stranger
Jean-Max ... Comte Brusilot
Pierre Larquey ... Asjundant Colleret
Pierre Magnier Pierre Magnier ... Colonel Guerraud
Albert Malbert Albert Malbert
Andrée Moreau Andrée Moreau ... Nageberger
Georges Prieur Georges Prieur ... General Von Raugwitz
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Captain Benoît manages to take possession of the plans of a new German airplane. The German counter-espionage assigns one of their agents, beautiful Erna Fiedler, to seduce Benoît and to eliminate him. But the two spies fall in love.

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spy | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2on grafeion kataskopias See more »

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Production Co:

Société des Films Vega See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First episode of the "Capitaine Benoît" series. See more »

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Version of Second Bureau (1936) See more »

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An early telecast
7 September 2004 | by translatologySee all my reviews

This film was telecast by the BBC from London in 1939. It must have been before September of that year, because the BBC suspended its TV service when war broke out. Curiously, they used the French version (with subtitles, I think) and not the English version ("Second Bureau") released in 1937.

I saw the telecast. I was ten or eleven years old. A TV receiver was far beyond the means of my family in those days, but an aunt who spoke French took me with her to the television room for guests at the Mount Royal Hotel in London. It was not only the first telecast I saw but also my first foreign-language film.

The "Second Bureau" version is a reminder that in the early days of sound film, before dubbing was perfected (or anyway made acceptable to audiences that didn't like subtitles), one of the ways of dealing with the problem of foreign distribution was to shoot a duplicate version with other actors who spoke the foreign language.


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