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 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
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.