Dark Journey

Overview

The unorthodox teaming of Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt is but one of the many pleasures of the 1937 spy yarn Dark Journey. Leigh plays a Stockholm dress-shop owner during World War I, who, being a neutral, is permitted to travel unmolested to and from France. Veidt plays a supposedly disgraced German officer who is actually head of his country's secret service. The two fall in love, despite the fact that Leigh has a secret as well: she is a double agent, sympathetic towards the Allied cause. During one of ...
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Overview

The unorthodox teaming of Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt is but one of the many pleasures of the 1937 spy yarn Dark Journey. Leigh plays a Stockholm dress-shop owner during World War I, who, being a neutral, is permitted to travel unmolested to and from France. Veidt plays a supposedly disgraced German officer who is actually head of his country's secret service. The two fall in love, despite the fact that Leigh has a secret as well: she is a double agent, sympathetic towards the Allied cause. During one of Leigh's voyages to France, her ship is captured by a German U-boat. Veidt swaggers on board, threatening to sink the ship if Leigh is not turned over to him. But the circumstances reverse themselves, and Veidt finds himself Leigh's prisoner--a circumstance that is not altogether unpleasant for him. When originally released in England, Dark Journey bore the title The Anxious Years.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Dark Journey provides more ammunition -- if any is needed -- to the argument that Vivien Leigh was possibly the most stunning figure ever to appear before a camera. Leigh's beauty is sometimes taken for granted, so familiar is it to viewers of her "big" films, but seeing her in an early film like Journey makes ones appreciate anew the special manner in which her physical being captured the lens of the camera and held it a willing hostage. With such a presence, it's easy to overlook the strength of her sheer dramatic ability, but Leigh's work was almost always focused and compelling. Even in Journey, where she's a bit inexperienced and doesn't quite capture her character to the fullest extent, she's still delicious as an actor. Opposite her, Conrad Veidt has his work cut out for him, but he is more than up to the challenge and manages to keep pace with her from start to finish. They benefit from a fine Alexander Korda production, although Victor Saville's direction is only so-so. More problematic is the screenplay, which is confusing and unclear and which all too often lays there like a lump when it needs to soar at least a bit. Still, with Leigh and Veidt on board, there's enough magic to overcome the flaws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2001
  • UPC: 037429120934
  • Original Release: 1937
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conrad Veidt Baron Karl von Marwitz
Vivien Leigh Madeleine
Anthony Bushell Bob Carter
Margery Pickard Colette
Eliot Makeham Anatole Bergen
Sam Livesey Maj. Schaffer
Edmund Willard German Intelligence Officer
Charles Carson Fifth Bureau Man
Philip Ray Faber
Henry Oscar Magistrate
Lawrence Hanray Cottin
Cecil Parker Captain of Q-Boat
Reginald Tate Mate of Q-Boat
Percy Walsh Captain of the Swedish Packet
Robert Newton Officer of U-Boat
William Dewhurst Killer
Laidman Browne Rugge
Anthony Holles Dutch Man
Michael Martin Harvey Bohlan
Joan Gardner Lupita
Ursula Jeans Gertrude
Austin Trevor Dr. Muller
Technical Credits
Victor Saville Director
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
André Andrejew Production Designer
Ferdinand Bellan Production Designer
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Lawrence W. Butler Production Designer, Special Effects
Edward Cohen Special Effects
Lionel Hoare Editor
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Korda Producer
Ned Mann Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
L. Stackell Consultant/advisor
Hugh Stewart Editor
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
A.W. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter
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