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Dark Journey (1937)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance, Thriller | 2 July 1937 (USA)
During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Lajos Biró (screenplay) (as Lajos Biro), Arthur Wimperis (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Veidt ... Baron Karl Von Marwitz
Vivien Leigh ... Madeleine Goddard
Joan Gardner ... Lupita
Anthony Bushell ... Bob Carter
Ursula Jeans ... Gertrude
Margery Pickard Margery Pickard ... Colette
Eliot Makeham ... Anatole Bergen
Austin Trevor ... Dr. Muller
Sam Livesey ... Major Schaeffer
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... General Berlin of German Intelligence
Charles Carson ... Head of Fifth Bureau
Philip Ray ... Faber (as Phil Ray)
Henry Oscar ... Swedish Magistrate
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Cottin (as Laurence Hanray)
Cecil Parker ... Captain of Q-Boat
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Madeline Goddard is a smart young woman who owns a fashionable dress shop in neutral Sweden during World War One. Though she is grateful to avoid the fighting, the courageous and stunningly pretty Madeline feels she should be doing more for her native France. She volunteers to work as an intelligence agent, smuggling maps and other documents within the fashionable garments she ships to wealthy customers in London. Madeline's activities are so successful that British intelligence soon comes to rely on her as their main pipeline for information. At about this time, a British official in Sweden asks her to cultivate the friendship of Baron Karl Von Marwitz, a tall, distinguished-looking German officer who is in charge of counter-espionage activities at the German embassy. Unknown to Madeline, the baron has been sent to Sweden for the express purpose of discovering and eliminating the top British spy who has been smuggling out German war plans. When Madeline and Karl meet, each recognizes... Written by Dan1863Sickles

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Her Lips Kissed...But Never Told!


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Trivia

Ursula Jeans (Gertrude) was the daughter-in-law of Sam Livesey (Major Schaeffer). See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1918, but all of Vivien Leigh's fashions and hairstyles, as well as those of the other women in the cast, are strictly up-to-the minute 1937 modes. See more »

Quotes

Head of Fifth Bureau: [Madeline is being interrogated by British intelligence] Come on, old girl. You've had months! What did you dig up about Von Marwitz? What about the U-boat refueling operation? Is he behind it all?
Madeleine Goddard: [clearly distressed] I don't know! Karl never talks - I mean, the baron is a mystery. Sometimes I wish...
Head of Fifth Bureau: [sympathetic] Yes, I see. Rough job for a woman, pretending to be in love with a man.
[pause]
Head of Fifth Bureau: You *are* still pretending, aren't you?
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Multiple twists on a predictable plot, with a final surprise
21 February 2004 | by spcummingsSee all my reviews

The plot develops with just enough direction and character development to keep a general story in focus. Seemingly standard inter-war spy movie with a beautiful female spy, threatening German spies, murder, and clean cut British agents. The cast is good with Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt playing their roles well. The supporting cast is like many early movies, lots of professionals with good craftwork and little fame. The production is interesting look at the period and the state of movie making. The special effects are simple, but effective for their period. Obviously, in a British film the star will be pure in the end, and can not be a German agent. However, Leigh does a good job of keeping the real situation under wraps for a while. The characters take on depth, but most drop away by the end. Only the main spies from two sides are left in the center, and the romance overcomes the effects of the war. Probably during WW2, the British film industry reflected differently on the end of the movie, but it was in the can. An interesting film: fun to watch Leigh and Veidt, and a good period piece on the politics, morays, and society in neutral Sweden in WWI.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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The Anxious Years See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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