Three Faces East (1930 film)
|Three Faces East|
|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Daryl Zanuck|
|Written by||Arthur Caesar
Oliver H. P. Garrett
|Based on||Three Faces East (play)
by Anthony Paul Kelly
|Music by||Paul Lamkoff|
|Edited by||William Holmes|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Three Faces East is a 1930 film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Constance Bennett. Produced by Daryl Zanuck and released by Warner Brothers it is based on a 1918 Broadway play about World War I spies, Three Faces East. It was filmed as a silent in 1926.
The story takes place during World War I. The action opens on a French battlefield. After meeting with German spy Schiller Blacher (Erich von Stroheim), Z-1 (Constance Bennett) is sent on a mission to England. The action then moves into the London home of Sir Winston Chamberlain (William Holden- no relation to the 1950s star of the same name). Sir Winston does not know that that his supposedly faithful butler, Vardar, is actually Blacher. When Z-1, as Frances Hawtree, arrives at the home, Vardar, who is in love with her, believes her to be a loyal German agent, but things turn out otherwise when she prevents him from sending a stolen code back to Germany and thus reveals her true allegiance.
The film survived complete. It was transferred unto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in the 1950s and shown on television. A 16mm copy is housed at the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research. Another print exists at the Library of Congress.
The film is now available on video-on-demand from WB Archive, WB Shop and Amazon.
- Constance Bennett as Frances Hawtree/Z-1
- Eric von Stroheim as Valdar/Schiller Blecher
- Anthony Bushell as Captain Arthur Chamberlain
- William Courtenay as Mr. Yates
- Crauford Kent as General Hewlett
- Charlotte Walker as Lady Catherine Chamberlain
- William Holden as Sir Winston Chamberlain
- Ullrich Haupt as Colonel
- Paul Panzer as "Kirsch" the Decoy
- Wilhelm von Brincken as Captain Kugler
- Three Faces East as produced on Broadway at the Cohan and Harris Theatre and the Longacre Theatre respectively, beginning August 13, 1918, 335 performances; IBDb.com
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, copyright 1971
- "Three Faces East (1930)". Wisconsin Historical Society.
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, by The American film Institute, c. 1978
- Three Faces East at WBShop.com
- Three Faces East at the Internet Movie Database
- Three Faces East at AllMovie
- lobby poster, Three Faces East