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The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | October 1943 (USA)
1940. Captain Terence Stevenson with the British Army is part of the bomb disposal unit in London, his primary job to defuse them. Despite having no experience as a spy, he is asked by his ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

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John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Howard Emmett Rogers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Donat ... Captain Terence Stevenson
Valerie Hobson ... Maruschuka Lanova
Walter Rilla ... Inspector Otto Vogel
Glynis Johns ... Paula Palacek
Phyllis Morris Phyllis Morris ... Anna Palacek
Martin Miller Martin Miller ... Doctor Novotny
Anthony Eustrel ... German MP Officer (as Anthony Eustral)
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Dr. Willendorf
David Ward David Ward ... Bronte
Friedrich Richter Friedrich Richter ... General Weymouth (as Frederic Richter)
John Penrose John Penrose ... Lieutenant Krantz at the Skoda Factory
J. Hubert Leslie J. Hubert Leslie ... Peter Valek (as Hubert Leslie)
Mabel Terry-Lewis ... Mrs. Stevenson (as Mabel Terry Lewis)
Miki Iveria ... Female Worker Shot at the Skoda Factory
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1940. Captain Terence Stevenson with the British Army is part of the bomb disposal unit in London, his primary job to defuse them. Despite having no experience as a spy, he is asked by his superiors, because of his academic background as a chemical engineer and being fluent in Romanian and German, to lead a spy mission deep in Nazi occupied territory. The Nazis have near perfected a formula for a new poisonous gas to use in chemical warfare, his mission to infiltrate the gas plant near Pilsen in Czechoslovakia where it is being mass produced, steal the formula to bring back to Britain, and blow up the plant before the Nazis are able to distribute the gas for their war effort. He is to assume the identity of chemical engineer Jan Tartu of the Romanian Iron Guard, the real Tartu who the Nazis are unaware has been killed. To carry out his mission, Stevenson will require the assistance of the underground in Czechoslovakia, he given the name of a contact through which he is to work. ... Written by Huggo

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A beautiful girl! A dangerous mission!

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabotage Agent See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Color:

Black and White | Color (colorized)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The print I have clearly calls this film, "Sabotage Agent", and titles are the standard vintage MGM titles of the time. See more »

Goofs

The SS uniforms have the collar tabs reversed - the SS rune should be on the right and the rank insignia on the left. See more »

Alternate Versions

American version completely re-edited with some voiceover and numerous scene changes. Notable was the elimination of the scene where Robert Donat visits his mother (played by Mabel Terry-Lewis) right after he receives his assignment. As it was her only scene, she did not appear in the American version. See more »

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Referenced in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Entertaining and fast moving espionage tale with excellent Donat performance...
10 April 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Robert Donat gives a very spirited performance as a British spy fluent in languages who is assigned to sabotage a Nazi gas factory in Czechoslovakia. He's more action-oriented than usual in a role requiring a lot of physical action while keeping one step ahead of the Nazis.

His spying activities also include some romantic moments with lovely Valerie Hobson, a woman who openly flirts with Nazi officers while working with the Czech underground. She and Donat join forces eventually but some misunderstandings almost ruin their partnership. The clever plot takes a number of interesting twists as the story unfolds in a brisk and very compelling manner.

Photography is first rate as are the various sets, especially the unique looking laboratory with its glass elevator overlooking an elaborate looking set design. Donat is charming in the central role and gets solid support from an excellent British supporting cast. Especially good are Walter Rilla as an officer in love with Hobson and Glynis Johns in a small role as an ill-fated Czech loyalist.

Highly recommended as one of the best espionage yarns from the U.K. during the war years.


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