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Lancer Spy (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller, War | 8 October 1937 (USA)
An Englishman impersonates an imprisoned German officer and "returns" to Germany to become a national hero. A female German spy is assigned to check him out but falls in love with him.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Philip Dunne, Martha Cnockhaert McKenna (novel) (as Marthe McKenna)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores del Rio ... Dolores Daria Sunnel
George Sanders ... Baron Kurt von Rohback / Lt. Michael Bruce
Peter Lorre ... Maj. Sigfried Gruning
Virginia Field ... Joan Bruce
Sig Ruman ... Lt. Col. Gottfried Hollen
Joseph Schildkraut ... Prince Ferdi Zu Schwarzwald
Maurice Moscovitch ... Gen. Von Meinhardt
Lionel Atwill ... Col. Fenwick
Luther Adler ... Schratt
Fritz Feld ... Fritz Mueller
Lester Matthews ... Capt. Neville
Carlos De Valdez Carlos De Valdez ... Von Klingen
Gregory Gaye ... Capt. Freymann
Joan Carrol Joan Carrol ... Elizabeth Bruce
Claude King ... Captain
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An Englishman impersonates an imprisoned German officer and "returns" to Germany to become a national hero. A female German spy is assigned to check him out but falls in love with him.

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amour d'espionne See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Colin Clive began the film in the role of Colonel Fenwick, but was replaced, due to illness and his subsequent death, by Lionel Atwill. See more »

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The movie and George Sanders are well worth watching
24 August 2013 | by jrob-741-24426See all my reviews

The unintelligent lady who panned the movie is exceptional dense. The movie was splendid and George Sander's performance was splendid---as are all his performances. This summary is from AFI:

: On a plane leaving London, Colonel Fenwick tells his daughter the story of a man on the plane who once meant more to England than anyone else alive. The colonel explains that in 1917, when deadlocked battle fronts forced each side to turn to espionage, British Naval Officer Lieutenant Michael Bruce, was called upon to impersonate Baron Kurt Von Rohbach, a captured German officer of the famed Imperial Lancer Guards. After Bruce says goodbye to his wife and daughter, who thereafter believe him to be lost at sea, Colonel Fenwick of British Intelligence arranges for Bruce, as Von Rohbach, to escape. In Berlin, German General Von Meinhardi gives Bruce a hero's welcome to boost morale. German intelligence officer Lieut. Col. Gottfried Hollen and Major Sigfried Gruning suspect that Bruce is an impostor and, eager to discredit Von Meinhardi, send dancer Dolores Daria to seduce him. Bruce subsequently duels over Dolores, and after Dolores reports that she has learned nothing, Hollen sets a trap by telling Bruce of a spy planted in the British Admiralty. Knowing that Bruce is not the baron, Dolores, who has nevertheless fallen in love with him, warns him that informing the British about the spy will give Hollen proof of Bruce's espionage. After Gruning shows Hollen a newspaper photograph and article reporting that Bruce has been lost at sea, Hollen arranges for Bruce's home in Norfolk to be robbed. With samples of Bruce's handwriting, Hollen tries to inform Von Meinhardi, but the general, after a meal with Dolores and Bruce, has a heart attack. Bruce, with Von Meinhardi's keys, locates the West Front battle plans and, with the help of Dolores and a tailor working for the British, escapes as a train porter to Switzerland. Colonel Fenwick finishes his story about Bruce by telling his daughter that the plans became the greatest factor in England's victory, and he surmises that Bruce is traveling to Berlin to pay an annual visit to the grave of Dolores, who was executed.


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