Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Director: Anatole Litvak, Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer, George Sanders

Cast: Anatole Litvak, Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer, George Sanders

     
 
Bold for its time (just prior to World War II), Confessions of a Nazi Spy is an expose of a genuine Nazi espionage ring operating in the United States. Dedicated National Socialist Paul Lukas arrives in America to conduct Bund rallies and enlist German-Americans in the service of Hitler. His rabble-rousing speeches inspire a blue collar worker (Francis Lederer)

Overview

Bold for its time (just prior to World War II), Confessions of a Nazi Spy is an expose of a genuine Nazi espionage ring operating in the United States. Dedicated National Socialist Paul Lukas arrives in America to conduct Bund rallies and enlist German-Americans in the service of Hitler. His rabble-rousing speeches inspire a blue collar worker (Francis Lederer) to join a Bund, and then participate in spy activities. FBI agent Edward G. Robinson is assigned to investigate. Extracting a confession from the not-too-bright Lederer, Robinson traces the espionage activities to Lukas. The Nazi official's notoriety and his undesirability as a security risk compels the German secret police to kidnap Lukas and spirit him back to the Fatherland, presumably to face liquidation. The spy ring is rounded up, but Robinson realizes that this is only the beginning. Confessions of a Nazi Spy may seem dated today, but in 1939 it packed a real wallop, especially since most filmmakers of that era chose to ignore the Nazis lest they lose the valuable European market.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
UPC:
0883316213162
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
34,775

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Ed Renard
Francis Lederer Schneider
George Sanders Schlager
Paul Lukas Dr. Kassel
Lya Lys Erika Wolff
Henry O'Neill D.A. Kellogg
Grace Stafford Mrs. Schneider
James Stephenson Scotland Yard Official
Sig Rumann Krogman
Frederic Tozere Phillips
Dorothy Tree Hilda
Celia Sibelius Mrs. Kassel
Egon Brecher Nazi Spy
Robert O. Davis Straubel
Will Kaufman Gruetzwald
Joe Sawyer Renz
Charles Sherlock Young
William Von Brincken Capt. Vonn Eichen
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski Wildebrandt
Martin Kosleck Josef Goebbels
Lionel Royce Hintze
Jean Brooks Kassel's Nurse
Ward Bond American Legionnaire
Frank Mayo Staunton
Louis Adlon Actor
Frederick Burton US District Court Judge
Alec Craig Postman
Selmar Jackson Customs Agent
Edward Keane FBI Agent
Robert Emmett Keane Harrison
Eily Malyon Mrs. MacLaughlin
Jack Mower McDonald
Lucien Prival Kranz
John Ridgely Army Hospital Clerk
George Rosener Klauber
Charles Trowbridge US Intelligence Official
William Vaughan Captain Von Eichen
Henry Victor Helldorf
Emmett Vogan Hotel Desk Clerk
Fredrik Vogeding Capt. Richter
John Deering Narrator
Lon McCallister Actor

Technical Credits
Anatole Litvak Director
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Robert Lord Producer
Owen Marks Editor
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Leon G. Turrou Consultant/advisor
John Wexley Screenwriter

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