British Intelligence Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Oct 18, 2018

    The lynchpin of this spy thriller is that they don't tell you who is on who's side. Oh, everyone says that they're on this side or the other, yes, but they're probably lying about it. Which raised the stakes considerably. Is she working for the Germans? Is he working for the British? You are never certain, and so when somebody starts with the platitudes about their homeland one is naturally suspect. The inimitable Karloff slithers from one side of the screen to the other, a serpent seeking prey, and this wartime B film soars for it. Good stuff.

    The lynchpin of this spy thriller is that they don't tell you who is on who's side. Oh, everyone says that they're on this side or the other, yes, but they're probably lying about it. Which raised the stakes considerably. Is she working for the Germans? Is he working for the British? You are never certain, and so when somebody starts with the platitudes about their homeland one is naturally suspect. The inimitable Karloff slithers from one side of the screen to the other, a serpent seeking prey, and this wartime B film soars for it. Good stuff.

  • Feb 02, 2016

    This film is made in 1940 and set during World War I. it is a spy film. It can be kind of boring. There is some action at the beginning and towards the end of the film but the middle of the film it is mostly conversations trying to determine who is working for who and who are the spies. It is kind of a difficult film to follow since this film has double agents as well as talking. It was an alright film but kids would probably be born by the film. There is some trench warfare, German spies, British Intelligence as well as double agents. The film has it's moments. I had difficulties seeing this film the first time determining who was working for who and what exactly the spies were after.

    This film is made in 1940 and set during World War I. it is a spy film. It can be kind of boring. There is some action at the beginning and towards the end of the film but the middle of the film it is mostly conversations trying to determine who is working for who and who are the spies. It is kind of a difficult film to follow since this film has double agents as well as talking. It was an alright film but kids would probably be born by the film. There is some trench warfare, German spies, British Intelligence as well as double agents. The film has it's moments. I had difficulties seeing this film the first time determining who was working for who and what exactly the spies were after.

  • Jul 27, 2014

    Margaret Lindsay is a secret agent staying in a British official's home as a guest investigating an intelligence leak. Boris Karloff plays the butler, who is also an anent. This spy tale is set during WWI, but the Nazi Germany overtones are unmistakable. Margaret Lindsey is quite good and reminded me of Barbara Stanwyck at times, but it's Karloff who steals the show as the creep, scarred butler spy. It's always a treat to see Karloff in a non-horror role because he did them so rarely.

    Margaret Lindsay is a secret agent staying in a British official's home as a guest investigating an intelligence leak. Boris Karloff plays the butler, who is also an anent. This spy tale is set during WWI, but the Nazi Germany overtones are unmistakable. Margaret Lindsey is quite good and reminded me of Barbara Stanwyck at times, but it's Karloff who steals the show as the creep, scarred butler spy. It's always a treat to see Karloff in a non-horror role because he did them so rarely.

  • Mar 27, 2014

    remake of a 1930 espionager '3 faces east'

    remake of a 1930 espionager '3 faces east'

  • Feb 21, 2014

    Old Fashion Spy Thriller of Historical Value and Still Fun--Compact spy thriller with excellent performances from Karloff and Lindsay!!

    Old Fashion Spy Thriller of Historical Value and Still Fun--Compact spy thriller with excellent performances from Karloff and Lindsay!!

  • Oct 05, 2013

    Hooked on Karloff,Great spy thriller,Double agents,great angle for an early spy film.You get led in one direction by this film,Only to be taken in another,Without spoiling the plot, It is difficult to explain in depth, but the bad guy who is the main spy (Karloff) lulls the viewer into a false sense of security,Also in the film is a plot to blow up British Government boys,and a love story in there too, it's very well written, and acted,And filmed,Very Atmospheric,for a film made 73 years ago. Really well done.

    Hooked on Karloff,Great spy thriller,Double agents,great angle for an early spy film.You get led in one direction by this film,Only to be taken in another,Without spoiling the plot, It is difficult to explain in depth, but the bad guy who is the main spy (Karloff) lulls the viewer into a false sense of security,Also in the film is a plot to blow up British Government boys,and a love story in there too, it's very well written, and acted,And filmed,Very Atmospheric,for a film made 73 years ago. Really well done.

  • Jul 09, 2013

    Despite it becoming preachy in the end, this little film is a fun secret agent, double crossing, triple, hell, even quadruple crossing movie that has some real fun twists to keep you guessing who's the good guys (British!) and who's the bad guy (Nazi!) Karloff here plays a butler to a high ranking official in the british government. But wait, who is he really? This was one of the best movies I've seen Karloff in actually. A lot of fun here.

    Despite it becoming preachy in the end, this little film is a fun secret agent, double crossing, triple, hell, even quadruple crossing movie that has some real fun twists to keep you guessing who's the good guys (British!) and who's the bad guy (Nazi!) Karloff here plays a butler to a high ranking official in the british government. But wait, who is he really? This was one of the best movies I've seen Karloff in actually. A lot of fun here.

  • Dec 22, 2010

    During the First World War, pretty German master spy Helen Von Lorbeer (Margaret Lindsay) is sent undercover to London to live with the family of a high-placed British official. Here she is to rendezvous with the butler Valdar (Boris Karloff), also a spy, and help him transmit secret war plans back to Germany....

    During the First World War, pretty German master spy Helen Von Lorbeer (Margaret Lindsay) is sent undercover to London to live with the family of a high-placed British official. Here she is to rendezvous with the butler Valdar (Boris Karloff), also a spy, and help him transmit secret war plans back to Germany....

  • Sep 17, 2010

    Almost a total yawn from start to finish, apart from a brief biplane sequence. Everyone in it is a double triple agent as and when the occasion suits them, so it's not only quite difficult to follow, it's too boring to care. Boris Karloff is quite good in it though.

    Almost a total yawn from start to finish, apart from a brief biplane sequence. Everyone in it is a double triple agent as and when the occasion suits them, so it's not only quite difficult to follow, it's too boring to care. Boris Karloff is quite good in it though.

  • Jun 14, 2008

    Solid programmer, good performances and an interesting plot. Good score, atmospheric. Short and sweet.

    Solid programmer, good performances and an interesting plot. Good score, atmospheric. Short and sweet.