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Appointment in Berlin (1943)

A former RAF officer is enlisted in the British secret service. Germany recruits him for propaganda broadcasts to England. He uses codes in his broadcasts. When his cover is blown, he and his German girlfriend must try to escape.

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... Wing Cmdr. Keith Wilson
... Ilse Von Preising
... Rudolph Von Preising
... Greta Van Leyden
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It's the fall of 1938, and Prime Minister Chamberlain has just signed the Munich Agreement with Adolph Hitler. An RAF officer complains about England's ongoing capitulation to Germany. After a night of drinking, he paints swastikas on Nelson's Monument. The RAF discharges him as unfit to be an officer. An acquaintance enlists him in the British secret service. He meets and courts a German woman from a prominent family. Her brother is highly placed in the Nazi propaganda works. The Germans recruit him and he gives radio broadcasts from Berlin to England, as the voice of truth. His broadcasts have a code that give the British military information. All goes well until his cover is blown and he and his German girlfriend must try to escape. Written by SimonJack

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A Kiss in London Leads to Intrigue on the Riviera!

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Smitty - News Vendor: Paper, Gov'nor? Prime Minister makes a deal with Hitler. Read all about, Sir.
Wing Cmdr. Keith Wilson: No flowers?
Smitty - News Vendor: Flowers, Sir?
Wing Cmdr. Keith Wilson: Yes, flowers. Big ones. Rest in Peace. They're customary at times like these, aren't they?
Smitty - News Vendor: I see what you mean, Sir. 'Tis a blasted shame, innit? Wing Commander, Sir?
Wing Cmdr. Keith Wilson: Yes.
Smitty - News Vendor: 'Was in the last one me-self, Sir. Sergeant-Major.
[gesturing towards his missing arm]
Smitty - News Vendor: Left it at Wipers.
Wing Cmdr. Keith Wilson: Don't you ever wonder why?
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good war spy movie
30 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

George Sanders stars with Marguerite Chapman in "Appointment in Berlin," a 1943 film directed by Alfred E. Green.

Sanders plays Keith Wilson, who is disgusted by his fellow Brits believing that Hitler will abide by any non-aggression treaty and speaks out against their passivity. Because he is an RAF officer, he is dismissed from the service. A friend (Alan Napier) in the secret service recruits him to pose as a traitor/Nazi sympathizer and spy for England.

Wilson is given the job of doing radio broadcasts, and by embedding a code in his speeches, he is able to give valuable information to Britain. Meanwhile, he falls for his Nazi boss' sister Ilse (Chapman), who seems unsupportive of her brother's actions.

Though this is kind of a downer - it's about war, after all - it's a good movie. Sanders gives his usual smooth, charming performance, though I think he was capable of much more. He had a wonderful voice and screen presence and livened up many a film.

I also liked Gail Sondergaard as a member of the underground. I actually didn't find Marguerite Chapman was all that good, though very pretty. Many years ago, before the Internet, I used to get a magazine for memorabilia collectors, and she had an ad in the classifieds to sell her personal memorabilia. I actually wasn't familiar with her at that time.

Worth seeing.


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