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During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love.


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Baron Karl Von Marwitz
Madeleine Goddard
Bob Carter
Margery Pickard ...
Anatole Bergen
Dr. Muller
Major Schaeffer
Edmund Willard ...
General Berlin of German Intelligence
Head of Fifth Bureau
Faber (as Phil Ray)
Swedish Magistrate
Lawrence Hanray ...
Cottin (as Laurence Hanray)
Captain of Q-Boat
Reginald Tate ...
Mate of Q-Boat
Percy Walsh ...
Captain of Swedish Packet
Officer of U-Boat
The Killer
Laidman Browne ...
M. Martin Harvey ...
Anthony Holles ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Begg ...
Swedish Passport Official (uncredited)
Wallace Bosco ...
Swedish Customs Officer (uncredited)
Alf Casha ...
Cherry Orchard Patron (uncredited)
John Clifford ...
Minor role (uncredited)
Gilbert Davis ...
Fifth Bureau Official (uncredited)
Leo de Pokorny ...
Club Waiter (uncredited)
Nina Keech ...
Woman at Club (uncredited)
Cyril Smith ...
Baron von Marwitz's Valet (uncredited)
George Spence ...
U Boat Lookout (uncredited)
Douglas Stewart ...
French Passport Official (uncredited)
Strasser (uncredited)
Theodore Wilhelm ...
U-Boat Commander (uncredited)

Directed by

Victor Saville

Written by

Lajos Biró ... (screenplay) (as Lajos Biro)
Arthur Wimperis ... (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by

Victor Saville ... producer
Alexander Korda ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Richard Addinsell ... (as Richard Adinsell)

Cinematography by

Georges Périnal ... (as Georges Perinal)
Harry Stradling Sr. ... (as Harry Stradling)

Film Editing by

Hugh Stewart
Lionel Hoare ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

William Hornbeck ... supervising editor

Costume Design by

René Hubert ... (as Rene Hubert)

Art Department

Andrej Andrejew ... settings (as Andre Andrejew)
Ferdinand Bellan ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Charles Tasto ... sound recordist (as Charles Testo)
A.W. Watkins ... sound director

Special Effects by

Lawrence W. Butler ... assistant special effects (as Lawrence Butler)
Edward Cohen ... assistant special effects (as Eddie Cohen)
Ned Mann ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Jack Cardiff ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Eugene Joseff ... jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Muir Mathieson ... musical director
Roy Douglas ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lionel Salter ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Alexander Korda ... presenter
L. Stackell ... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 the other as a deadly foe. But a smoldering attraction seems to grow each time they see each other. Madeline is dazed by her conflicting feelings and attempts to run away; however Von Marwitz is able to board her ship on the high seas and capture her as a spy. Soon afterwards, his own ship is torpedoed by a British destroyer sent to rescue Madeline. The mortally wounded Baron Von Marwitz dies in her arms, confessing his love. Madeline is hailed as a hero but turns to look out to sea, shedding tears over her gallant German lover. Written by Dan1863Sickles

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Also Known As
  • Le mystère de la section 8 (France)
  • La mujer enigma (Spain)
  • Spioncentral Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Casuslar Harbi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Menschen met maskers (Netherlands)
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  • 77 min
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Trivia One of the most closely guarded secrets of the war, a Q-ship was a heavily armed merchant ship with concealed weaponry designed to lure German submarines into making surface attacks and then open fire and sink them. The idea was to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Their codename referred to their home port of Queenstown (now Cobh) in County Cork, Ireland. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Before She Was Scarlet O'Hara: An Interview with Anne Edwards (2013). See more »
Quotes Madeleine Goddard: [Locked in her stateroom on board ship] A spy... a life I never wanted. And now it's over. Finished and done. So sleepy...
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