The Devil's Agent
- 1h 17min
In 1950, the Cold War is in full swing. Like Berlin, Vienna too is divided in four sectors: the American Sector, the British Sector, the French Sector and the Soviet Sector. Travel between these sectors is still possible at this time. In the sector controlled by the Western Allies, Austrian wine merchant George Droste raises his teenage son. During the war he worked for the German Army Intelligence (Abwehr) on the Eastern Front. Nowadays he occasionally and accidentally bumps into former demobilized comrades and childhood friends. After a few such encounters, Droste unwittingly and unwillingly gets involved into the spy game pitting Western Intelligence agencies against the Soviet ones. After he unwittingly becomes a courier of secret documents between the Western Sector and the Soviet Sector, Droste unwillingly becomes an agent for the Western Intelligence agencies. He also pretends to work for the Soviets in order to cross into Communist Hungary and carry on a secret mission at the behest of Western Intelligence. After a successful mission in Hungary, from where he barely escapes with his life and falls in-love with a Hungarian defector, Droste is dispatched to Hamburg, Germany for another secret mission involving a former German Abwehr General. But Droste gets tired of the spy game and wants to continue his quiet life next to his son and his newly found Hungarian lover. Unfortunately for him, neither the Western Intelligence nor the Soviet Intelligence is willing to dispense with his good services. To make matters worse, the ex-Abwehr General from Hamburg feels betrayed by Droste, concerning a confidential mission involving the Abwehr's Eastern Front hidden archives, and sends killers after him. —nufs68
On the Other Side of Hades
This flick is a passable representation of what one can call an "economical espionager". Something like what Sean Connery's wayward son Jason might have made if he beat his dad to the punch. It was co-produced by any number of countries, but mostly friendly ones, after-all, it was the early 1960's. Directed by John Paddy Carstairs of British B movie fame who did films like George Sanders "The Saint in London" which was a rarity for the time because it was shot on location. Its all about a Viennese wine merchant becoming a double agent for the United States. The agent is ably played by German and/or Dutch actor Peter Van Eyck, I've never been able to tell what his true nationality was. He gets suckered into the profession by Russian brutes and in those years they were the biggest and baddest of the bads. The cast is good for the time and offered it some good scenery chewing. Macdonald Carey, Mr. Stone Face as usual, Christopher Lee, minus fangs, Billie Whitelaw, a sweetener for certain and Marius Goring doing a dance with numerous demons. "The Devil's Agent" holds up OK though its past is definitely passed.
- Nov 1, 2012
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