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Nazi Agent (Salute to Courage) (1942)





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This Irving Asher production was that rarity, a genuine B-movie from posh MGM. Set in a pre-Pearl Harbor United States, Nazi Agent starred real-life Hitler refugee Conrad Veidt as identical twins, one a timid stamp collector and rare book store owner, the other the Nazi consul. The evil Veidt is killed during an argument between the two and the good Veidt shaves his beard in order to take his brother's place as head of a Nazi spy ring. He manages to quell the group's attempts to sabotage allied shipping routes before being exposed by, of all things, a pet canary. In order to save the life of a defecting fifth columnist (Ann Ayars), Veidt agrees to return to Germany, gaining strength for the upcoming ordeal in the Vaterland as his ship passes the Statue of Liberty. Relatively fast-paced and engrossing most of the way, Nazi Agent was the feature-film debut of director Jules Dassin, formerly of MGM's short subject department. Dassin went on to direct several groundbreaking crime dramas for Universal before finding himself blacklisted during the Hollywood "witch hunts." He continued his career in Europe, helming such genuine classics as Never on Sunday (1959). A lyric soprano, Ann Ayars spent the mostly unrewarding years between 1941 and 1943 in MGM potboilers before leaving films in favor of the New York City Opera.


Conrad Veidt
as Otto Becker/Baron Hugo von Detner
Ann Ayars
as Kaaren De Relle
Dorothy Tree
as Miss Harper
Ivan Simpson
as Prof. Sterling
Martin Kosleck
as Kurt Richten
Marc Lawrence
as Joe Aiello
Moroni Olsen
as Brenner
Pierre Watkin
as Grover McHenry
Sidney Blackmer
as Arnold Milbar
Margaret Bert
as Mrs. Dennis
Walter Byron
as Officer
Stuart Crawford
as Commentator
Harry B. Stafford
as Elderly Man
Roper Moore
as Messenger
Hal Cooke
as Clerk
William Bailey
as Cigar Clerk
Tom Stevenson
as Head Waiter
Hermine Sterler
as Mrs. Mohr
Jeff York
as Keeler
Jessie Arnold
as Landlady
Wilbur Mack
as Reporter
Joe Yule
as Barney
Polly Bailey
as Fat Woman
Joe Gilbert
as Sub-Radio Man
Ray Teal
as Officer Graves
James Brick Sullivan
as Radio Operator
Roy Barcroft
as Chief Petty Officer
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This suspenseful spy melodrama marks the impressive screen debut of director Jules Dassin, who was later blacklisted

August 14, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A solid, lush looking wartime programmer spy film starring Conrad Veidt in a double role as identical twins.

July 7, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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