I Was a Spy
|I Was a Spy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Victor Saville
Herbert Mason (Assistant Director)
Frank Sherwin Green (Assistant Director)
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Based on||I Was a Spy
by Marthe Cnockaert
|Music by||Louis Levy (music director)|
|Cinematography||Charles Van Enger|
|Edited by||Frederick Y.Smith|
I Was a Spy is a 1933 British thriller film directed by Victor Saville and starring Madeleine Carroll, Herbert Marshall, and Conrad Veidt. Based on the 1932 memoir I Was a Spy by Marthe Cnockaert, the film is about a Belgian woman who nurses injured German soldiers during World War I while passing intelligence to the British.
I Was a Spy was also the first film dubbed in Poland (while there were earlier examples of films dubbed in Polish, they were recorded in Paramount studio in Joinville, France), released in 1935 as Siostra Marta jest szpiegiem, starring Lidia Wysocka as Martha Cnockhaert's voice. The screenplay was written by Edmund Gwenn.
In Belgium 1914, a nurse is trained as a spy.
- Madeleine Carroll as Martha Cnockhaert
- Herbert Marshall as Stephan
- Conrad Veidt as Commandant Oberaertz
- Edmund Gwenn as Burgomaster
- Gerald du Maurier as Doctor
- Donald Calthrop as Cnockhaert
- May Agate as Madame Cnockhaert
- Eva Moore as Canteen Ma
- Martita Hunt as Aunt Lucille
- Nigel Bruce as Scottie
- George Merritt as Captain Reichmann
- Anthony Bushell as Otto
The film was voted the best British movie of 1932, and Madeleine Carroll's performance was voted the best in a British movie.
Although it was very successful in the Box Office this was not Saville's reaction. He watched the completed I Was a Spy with one of the Assistant Directors Herbert Mason and was devastated however Mason reassured him that it was his "best to date."
I Was a Spy was released on DVD on May 19, 2014.
- Moseley, Roy. (2000). Evergreen: Victor Saville in His Own Words. Southern Illinois University Press
- I Was a Spy at the Internet Movie Database
- I Was a Spy BFI
- I Was a Spy (1933) Britmovie | Home of British Films
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