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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Gen. Alex Schottland
Gia Scala ... Lili Geyr
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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World War II spy thriller supposedly based on true story. A British secret agent successfully infiltrates Nazi military and achieves the rank of General during World War II. He gains full confidence of entire Nazi high command, including Führer Adolf Hitler, 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:

El espía de dos cabezas See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The ranting Hitler is seen but not heard, but if you listen carefully to his voice, and if you are very familiar with the voice of Donald Pleasance, then it's odds on that he provides the voice for Hitler. See more »

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

Crazy Credits

The credits read inspired by A.P. Scotland's "The London Cage". But in Scotland's own words "I had been a German officer... but that was from 1903 to 1907 during the Hottentot Wars in South Africa. True, also, I had secretly worked and successfully fooled the Germans and worked behind their lines... but that was alongside the Kaiser's Army in 1916." In WW1 & WW2 Scotland served as an intelligence officer interrogating captured German POW's. This culminated in his interrogating suspected war criminals at the end of the war. See more »

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Obscure but riveting classic!
21 November 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I didn't start out thinking I was going to like The Two-Headed Spy. I thought it was going to be another WW2 spy movie that would be too wordy and more boring than exciting. By the time the first half hour had passed, I was positively riveted!

Jack Hawkins is a German general, and is very well-respected among his fellow Nazis. Then, he's seen entering an antiques shop and speaking to Donald Pleasance about a rare clock he's looking to buy. The conversation about a clock is merely a ruse until they know they're alone and unobserved—Jack Hawkins is really an undercover British agent!

Previously, I'd only seen Jack Hawkins in a supporting role in Ben-Hur, but he carries off the leading role very well, commanding the screen and expressing every emotion with confidence. The Two-Headed Spy is a very riveting spy movie, with countless tension-filled scenes in which someone could—or does—get caught, discovered, and punished for being a spy. It really is an interesting, overlooked film from the 50s. Gia Scala, another of Jack's contacts, is beautiful and strong, rather like a prettier, more likable Ingrid Bergman. Had this film starred more well-known actors, it would probably be a classic. As it is, it's highly entertaining and fun—rent it for a thrilling evening with your sweetie-pie. The ladies won't be bored with this one, I guarantee it. And, if you're looking closely enough, you can see Michael Caine in one of his earliest movies. He's only on the screen for a couple of minutes, but when you hear the Nazi speaking with a Cockney accent, you can tell it's him!


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