Confessions of a Nazi Spy 

Drama | English | 104 minutes

Info

In 1937, there is an awareness of a Nazi spy ring operating in the U.S. The FBI is notified and FBI agent, Ed Renard is assigned to take the case. Kurt Scheider, an unemployed malcontent is recruited by Renard to infiltrate the Nazi spy ring. Schneider’s efforts pay off as Renard and the FBI arrest 16 Nazi spies operating in the U.S. including the leader, Dr. Karl Kassell. At the trial, U.S. attorney Kellogg remarks to Renard, “When our basic liberties are threatened, we wake up.”  

Cast
Edward G. Robinson (Edward Renard) / Francis Lederer (Kurt Schneider) / Paul Lukas (Dr. Karl Kassell) / Henry O’Neill (U.S. Attorney Kellogg)
Why Stream This Film?
Confessions of a Nazi Spy was the first explicitly anti-Nazi film to be produced by a major Hollywood studio and also defying the Nazi ban. Warner Bros. films were no longer shown in Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe.   
Accolades
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actors (Francis Lederer, Paul Lukas); Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year.
The story is told for maximum mass comprehension. Based on the articles by Leon G. Turrou, former G-man, it is an adaptation of the spy trials of 1937 which resulted in the conviction of four persons.
VARIETY staff

VARIETY

Director Anatole Litvak has paced the film well, the performances of Edward G. Robinson as the Federal man, Francis Lederer as the weak link in the Nazi spy network and Paul Lukas as the propaganda agent are thoroughly satisfactory.
Frank S. Nugent

The New York Times

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