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The Adventures of Tartu (1943)

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 »

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Harold S. Bucquet

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sabotage Agent See more »

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Technical Specs

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 Ju 88 bomber used for the escape scene at the end is a genuine German aircraft. Originally of 3/KG30, the aircraft landed by mistake at Broadfield Down airfield (Lulsgate Bottom), near Bristol, after a night raid on Birkenhead on 23/24 July 1941. It was taken on charge by the Royal Aircraft Establishment as EE205 and, after tactical trials with the Air Fighting Development Unit, was operated by No. 1426 Flight, who temporarily restored the German markings for this film. 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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Tartu is Entertaining
17 January 2004 | by smithy-8See all my reviews

"Sabotage Agent", also known as "Adventures of Tartu", is a first-rate British spy thriller. It is a quick and entertaining movie about a British spy, whose mission is to destroy the poison gas factory in Rumania.

Robert Donat is very good as the British spy who poses as a Greek and a Rumanian. His performance is spirited and his accent is amusing. His accent seems to be the same for the Greek and the Rumanian, but who cares, it is a fun movie to watch about a serious subject.

The supporting cast is perfect. Both his leading ladies are lovely and fill the bill: Valerie Hobson and Glynis Johns. Ms. Johns is still working today. Never seen Walter Rilla before or since, but he gave a good performance as the German officer, Otto, who is one of the villains, who loves Ms. Hobson's character.


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