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I Was a Spy
I Was a Spy 1933 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVictor Saville
Herbert Mason (Assistant Director)
Frank Sherwin Green (Assistant Director)
Produced byMichael Balcon
Screenplay by
Based onI Was a Spy
by Marthe Cnockaert
Starring
Music byLouis Levy (music director)
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byFrederick Y. Smith
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 4 September 1933 (1933-09-04) (UK)
  • 15 December 1933 (1933-12-15) (USA)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

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 her experiences as a Belgian woman who nursed German soldiers during World War I while passing intelligence to the British.[1]

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.

Plot

In German occupied Belgium in 1914, a local woman nurses injured German soldiers while passing information to the British.

Cast

Production

Filming took place in Shepherds Bush. Producer Michael Balcon sent Herbert Mason (who was initially production manager before becoming an assistant director) to take the script to Belgium and give it to Marthe Cnockaert to look at.[2]

Reception

In a poll conducted by the magazine Film Weekly, the film was voted the best British movie of 1932, and Madeleine Carroll's performance was voted the best in a British movie.[3]

Although it was very successful at 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."[4]

Home Media

I Was a Spy was released on DVD on 19 May 2014.

References

  1. ^ BFI Database
  2. ^ Balcon, 1969, p. 74
  3. ^ "BEST FILM PERFORMANCE LAST YEAR". The Examiner (LATE NEWS EDITION and DAILY ed.). Launceston, Tasmania. 9 July 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 4 March 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Moseley, 2000, p. 69

Bibliography

  • Moseley, Roy. (2000). Evergreen: Victor Saville in His Own Words. Southern Illinois University Press
  • Balcon, Michael. (1969). Michael Balcon Presents...A Lifetime of Films. Hutchinson & Co Ltd

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