In 1917 London, elusive German spy Frantz Strendler regularly accesses crucial British military information and relays it to the German government, with disastrous results for the British on the front lines. British intelligence subsequently scrambles to uncover the master spy, who is hard at work to expand his own reach.
The film features Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay.
Lacks the florid, improbably sexualized melodrama of the 1930 Bennett/von Stroheim version, "Three Faces East," but is plainer and less spirited too. Your choice.
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Spy versus Spy
As the third screen adaptation of Anthony Kelly's play, "Three Faces East," it is a compact yet highly detailed espionage thriller set during World War I. The clever plot keeps you guessing who is the real master spy. Though released more than a year before the US entry into World War II, it is pointedly pro British and anti German. Stars Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay and Holmes Herbert, supported by a large cast of Warner Brothers professionals.
Outstanding period-piece production values include the recreation of one of the zeppelin raids on London, which caused considerable damage until the British found effective ways to counter them. Terry Morse's skillful direction seamlessly shoe-horns many diverse plot elements into only 61 minutes.
The complete print is in very good condition.
CAST NOTE: Character actor Holmes Herbert had a long and prolific career (1915 - 1952) during which he appeared in 230 films. The following are available here at IA: "The House of Rothschild," "The House of Secrets," "Here's Flash Casey," "Mr. Moto's Last Warning," "The Mystery of Mr. Wong," "The Little Princess," "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon," "A Stranger in Town," "Dressed to Kill," "Bulldog Drummond at Bay," "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back." There probably are more.