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The Two-Headed Spy (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller, War | 1959 (Argentina)
This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre De Toth)

Writers:

J. Alvin Kugelmass (story), Michael Wilson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Gen. Alex Schottland
Gia Scala ... Lili Geyr
Erik Schumann Erik Schumann ... Lt. Reinisch
Alexander Knox ... Gestapo Leader Müller
Felix Aylmer ... Cornaz
Walter Hudd ... Adm. Canaris
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Kaltenbrunner
Laurence Naismith ... Gen. Hauser
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Dietz
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Adolf Hitler
Robert Crewdson ... 1st Gestapo Agent
Michael Caine ... Gestapo Agent
Harriette Johns Harriette Johns ... Karen Corscher
Martin Benson ... Gen. Wagner
Victor Woolf Victor Woolf ... Pawnbroker
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Storyline

World War II spy thriller supposedly based on true story. British secret agent successfully infiltrates Nazi military, achieves rank of general during WWII. He gains full confidence of entire Nazi high command, including Fuhrer Adolf Hitler himself, save one suspecting German officer. All the while the spy passes war-winning information to Allies assisted by two loyal Berlin contacts, first a man then a nightclub singer. A war drama with love-interest relationship and a cliffhanger finale. Also memorable is frightening Adolf Hitler always portrayed from behind, face unseen but with snarling, tyrannical voice. Written by Arthur_2323

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The British Master Spy Who Became Hitler's Favourite General ! See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1959 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef de réseau See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Erik Schumann receives 'And Introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

After Reinisch shoots Lili with a Walthar PPK the hammer is forward, but it should be cocked. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: TO THOSE MEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE WHO WORKED IN SECRECY, WHO STRUGGLED AND DIED IN DARKNESS, TO THOSE LONELY AND COURAGEOUS MEN WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES DAILY IN THE ENEMY CAMP, THIS PICTURE IS DEDICATED.

AND TO ONE OF THESE MEN - COL. A.P. SCOTLAND, O.B.E. BRITISH INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, WHOSE EXPLOITS OVER THE PAST HALF CENTURY INSPIRED THIS STORY, WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR THANKS.

BERLIN 1939 See more »

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The Only One
by Peter Hart
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Infiltrating the heart of evil
18 September 2015 | by boatista24See all my reviews

First of all, thanks to DavidGPS of GB for rectifying what we already knew - that Germany pioneered magnetic tape in the late 1930s. Now lets get to this little-known Jack Hawkins film. Andre DeToth made some excellent movies in his time, but this true story was as gritty as it got in 1958. There are some very hard to stomach scenes of a tyrannical and evil police state at war - not for the squeamish or children, by any means. Among the greatest of WWII movies, Hawkins depicts General Schottland, a British native of German decent who came back to the Fatherland during WW1 and fought in the German ranks. As a result, he was able to infiltrate the German High Command and even became trusted by Hitler. As he became a valued and important source of information to the British, he also endangered himself and all those who helped him. There were some really great WWII movies, but this one has you on the edge of your seat and riveted to the screen for the entire duration. Definitely my favorite Jack Hawkins movie of all time, and hats off to DeToth for daring to be so bold as to show how ruthless these bastards really were.


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