Confessions of a Nazi Spy
Drama | English | 104 minutes
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.”
Why Stream This Film?
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actors (Francis Lederer, Paul Lukas); Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year.
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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.
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.
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