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British Intelligence (1940)

I finally got a chance to watch this last night since the cable decided to go out, taking the internet with it.  This one has been sitting on my iPod for just such an emergency. The film features Boris Karloff as Valdar, a scar-faced butler with a limp, a Zeppelin bombing raid, and other assorted mysteries and intrigue that unfold in the 61 minute run time.

 

British Intelligence (1940)

British Intelligence is a 1940 spy film set in World War I. It was directed by Terry O. Morse and starred Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay. Released in the USA in January 1940, the Warner Bros. B picture was based on a 1918 play Three Faces East written by Anthony Paul Kelly that was produced on the stage by George M. Cohan. Three Faces East was filmed in 1926 and 1930. The film was also known as Enemy Agent.  -wikipedia

 

Zeppelin Bombers

Despite being set in World War One, you can tell quite clearly this film was made in the early days of the second.  You won’t miss the messages towards the end of the film, especially when one of the characters stares right into the camera during one such propaganda monologue.  Propalogue?

It’s nice to see Karloff in something other than a horror movie, though at times his character here might appear comfortable in one.  Truth be told, it would have kept my attention better if it had turned into a horror flick, but it wasn’t bad as emergency rations go.

You can watch it, or download it, here.

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Comments

  1. bmj2k  July 31, 2011

    I’ve come across this once of twice but I’ve never seen it. (I may own it in a collection, not sure.) I think Karloff as a creepy butler in a non-horror film stuck this in the “neither fish nor fowl” limbo for me.

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    • Jim  August 1, 2011

      I think of this type of (relatively) short movie as the sort of thing that would have been made for television, had there been television. Limbo might be a good place to keep it unless you’re really in the mood for it.

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  2. skinner  August 2, 2011

    Propalogue – I’ll have to pocket that one away for later. I’ll give anything with zeppelin bombers, or Karloff, a try.

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    • Jim  August 2, 2011

      The zeppelins don’t get enough screen time – they show up towards the end. Fun while it lasts though.

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