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The Devil's Agent (1962)

In East Germany, a double agent falls for a beautiful young escapee from Hungary.

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Robert Westerby (screenplay), Hans Habe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter van Eyck ... Georg Droste
Macdonald Carey ... Mr. Smith
Marianne Koch ... Nora Gulden
Christopher Lee ... Baron Ferdi von Staub
Marius Goring ... Gen. Greenhahn
Billie Whitelaw ... Piroska Maslov
Albert Lieven ... Inspector Paul Huebling
David Knight ... Father Zombary
Helen Cherry ... Countess Carla Cosimano
Colin Gordon ... Count Dezsepalvy
Niall MacGinnis ... Paul Vass
Eric Pohlmann ... Bloch
Peter Vaughan ... Chief of Hungarian Police
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Horvat
Jeremy Bulloch ... Johnny Droste
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In East Germany, a double agent falls for a beautiful young escapee from Hungary.

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El agente del diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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THE DEVIL'S AGENT (John Paddy Carstairs, 1962) **1/2
19 July 2015 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This was another low-budget Christopher Lee movie that I was totally unfamiliar with – in fact, I had initially mistaken it as merely an alternate title for the Edgar Wallace "Krimi" THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL (1961; which I also recently acquired in tribute to his passing and which I will be getting to presently)!

That said, the result proved quite a surprise – not least for the remarkable cast its producers managed to hire: Peter Van Eyck in a rare and atypically heroic leading role; Macdonald Carey (who had just supplied the obligatory marquee value to Hammer's extraordinary THESE ARE THE DAMNED {shot 1961 but released 1963}), a one-armed Marius Goring, Walter Gotell, Albert Lieven (also from THE DEVIL'S DAFFODIL and who had himself assumed the central part for director Carstairs' SLEEPING CAR TO TRIESTE {1948}), Marianne Koch, Niall MacGinnis, Eric Pohlmann, Peter Vaughan and Billie Whitelaw. Incidentally, the IMDb claims that Peter Cushing was also involved but had his scenes deleted – however, I doubt this, since that same site also gives the running-time as 77 minutes…while my "Something Weird Video"(!) print clocks in at 97! As for Lee, though his role is fairly brief, it is the one that sets the protagonist on his globe-trotting doom-laden path.

Indeed, the film is an episodic Cold War thriller (the title, then, boasts no occult underpinning but merely refers to Van Eyck's precarious status within the narrative as a spy working both sides!) made before the subgenre's heyday, which kicked off around 1965; with this in mind, the plot line is predictably convoluted and decidedly short on action, yet the whole emerges a reasonably suspenseful outing just the same – complete with an unexpected downbeat 'curtain'. Interestingly, nominal leading lady Koch's best-known role was similarly a damsel-in-distress saved by a double-faced hero, albeit against a Wild West setting, i.e. Sergio Leone's seminal A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)!


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