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Nazi Agent (1942)

A story of German-born identical twins (both played by Veidt), one a loyal American and the other, a Nazi official.

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Jules Dassein (as Jules Dassin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Conrad Veidt ... Otto Becker / Baron Hugo Von Detner
Ann Ayars ... Kaaren De Relle
Frank Reicher ... Fritz
Dorothy Tree ... Miss Harper
Ivan F. Simpson ... Professor Sterling (as Ivan Simpson)
William Tannen ... Ludwig
Martin Kosleck ... Kurt Richten
Marc Lawrence ... Joe Aiello
Sidney Blackmer ... Arnold Milbar
Moroni Olsen ... Brenner
Pierre Watkin ... Grover Blaine McHenry
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A story of German-born identical twins (both played by Veidt), one a loyal American and the other, a Nazi official. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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The Girl and the Gestapo! Hidden enemies! It's thrilling!!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salute to Courage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The pinball machine seen in this film is a very rare "Salute" model made by the Baker Novelty and Manufacturing Co. only in 1941. The company only made pinball machines from 1939 to 1941. Baker Novelty starting in 1935 making trade stimulators. This pinball machine was a flipper-less electro-mechanical single-player game that gave five balls for five cents. In excellent playable condition it could be worth $1,500 or more at auction in 2017. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
aka "The Red, White and Blue"
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Veidt x 2 = "must see"
13 November 2008 | by mukava991See all my reviews

Nazi Agent presents a rare opportunity to see the great Conrad Veidt play a lead role (as twin brothers with opposite personalities and values, no less) in a well-preserved sound film with a solid, serious theme and lasting value. Although this is obviously a "B"-level production made on a low budget, the brisk direction by Jules Dassin, the tight and literate script and some very good supporting players, make it as satisfying as many an "A" effort.

Otto is a gentle expatriate German bookseller whose quiet life in America is disrupted when his Nazi twin, Baron Hugo von Detner, threatens to reveal his illegal immigrant status to the US authorities unless he allows the Nazi spy network to use his bookstore as a message center. Otto desolately goes along for a while but when he finally resists, Hugo comes to shoot him. They struggle. Otto shoots Hugo instead, then assumes his identity and proceeds to sabotage the saboteurs, who include the memorable Martin Kosleck, whose presence in many films from this time screamed "Nazi." With his marionette-like features, lacquered hair and fey efficiency, he was a top scene stealer. Another excellent performance comes from the prolific Frank Reicher as Fritz, Hugo's aging valet who quickly realizes that his master isn't really his master. But it's really Veidt's movie, playing warm and cold, frightened and bold, kind and cruel – all with shading, subtlety and expertise. The movies suffered an irreparable loss in April 1943 when this man died on a California golf course at the age of 50.

This quietly powerful film is an adventure of ideas and ideals. The ending, though not as well shot as it might have been, is both stirring and heartbreaking.


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