I Was a Spy (1933)

75 or 83 mins | Biography | 15 December 1933

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HISTORY

The film contains a written statement which reads: "Self preservation has forced States and armies in every age to exact the penalty of death from a spy. A secret service agent, who is not actuated by any sordid motive, but inspired by patriotism, and ready to pay the well known forfeit, deserves respect and honor from those he serves so faithfully. Marthe Cnockhaert fulfilled in every respect the conditions which make the terrible profession of a spy dignified and honorable." The statement is signed by Winston S. Churchill, who was the British Secretary of State for War from 1918 to 1921. According to an HR news item, the film was "tradeshown" in London the last week of Jul 1933. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the version shown in Great Britian ran 8,360 feet. ...

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The film contains a written statement which reads: "Self preservation has forced States and armies in every age to exact the penalty of death from a spy. A secret service agent, who is not actuated by any sordid motive, but inspired by patriotism, and ready to pay the well known forfeit, deserves respect and honor from those he serves so faithfully. Marthe Cnockhaert fulfilled in every respect the conditions which make the terrible profession of a spy dignified and honorable." The statement is signed by Winston S. Churchill, who was the British Secretary of State for War from 1918 to 1921. According to an HR news item, the film was "tradeshown" in London the last week of Jul 1933. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the version shown in Great Britian ran 8,360 feet.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 Jan 1934
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1933
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1934
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
5 Aug 1933
p. 40
Motion Picture Herald
23 Sep 1933
p. 35
Motion Picture Herald
16 Dec 1933
p. 53
New York Times
15 Jan 1934
p. 12
Variety
19 Sep 1933
p. 13
Variety
16 Jan 1934
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod personnel
Prod personnel
Prod personnel
Prod personnel
WRITERS
Scen and dial
Addl dial
Addl dial
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the autobiography I Was a Spy by Marthe McKenna in Sunday Dispatch (31 Jul--2 Oct 1932).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 December 1933
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp.
15 December 1933
LP4355
Physical Properties:
Sound
British Acoustic Full Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 83
Length(in feet):
7,750
Length(in reels):
10
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1915 while Belgium is occupied by the Germans, Marthe Cnockhaert becomes a volunteer nurse at a military hospital in Roulers, treating both German and captured allied soldiers. She becomes a spy for the allies, which leads to a romance with Stephan, a German officer who is the secret leader of the liberation movement. After many daring adventures, Marthe is captured, but the gallant Stephan turns himself in so that she will not be executed. Marthe is imprisoned for the duration of the war, and when she is freed by the allies, she cries with joy as she realizes the good that has come from her and Stephan's ...

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In 1915 while Belgium is occupied by the Germans, Marthe Cnockhaert becomes a volunteer nurse at a military hospital in Roulers, treating both German and captured allied soldiers. She becomes a spy for the allies, which leads to a romance with Stephan, a German officer who is the secret leader of the liberation movement. After many daring adventures, Marthe is captured, but the gallant Stephan turns himself in so that she will not be executed. Marthe is imprisoned for the duration of the war, and when she is freed by the allies, she cries with joy as she realizes the good that has come from her and Stephan's sacrifices.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Espionage


Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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