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½ December 4, 2015
I saw this recently on TCM. The beginning was a bit tendentious but when EGR came in about 1/2 way, things looked up. Overall, very entertaining and, perhaps. a warning to the West about Islam propaganda and its sleeper (and active) cells we face today.
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½ May 16, 2015
Well made but blatant propaganda. The two biggest stars in the cast, Edward G. Robinson and George Sanders have relatively small roles.
February 5, 2015
An ordinary film by today's standards. However, in 1939 the German film market was so important to the Hollywood studios, not one criticized Nazis. Warner Bros. took on this taboo subject with an Edward G Robinson vehicle. A fictional exposé about German spies infiltrating America prior to the US entering World War II in 1942.
½ January 17, 2015
Wow! What an epic! Sure it's propaganda, but for a very worthy cause...stopping the spread of Nazism! I was really surprised to see this came out in 1939, a couple years before America had declared war on Germany.
October 8, 2013
As I have come to know, this film is historically important simply for the fact that it was the first Hollywood film to attack the Nazis. In 1939 the U.S. was not at war and many of the studios were not keen about such controversial fare. However, Warner Bros. had the guts to do it and they used a real story as basis for the drama. Edward G Robinson is solid as usual and he is supported by a cast of mostly unknowns (aside from George Sanders). As a film it is not that amazing and for some reason at times if felt awkward to watch. That does not detract from its importance in history however.
½ April 14, 2013
Good story telling and a moral that is not overplayed--Taken from the files of the FBI!!
½ March 8, 2013
From 1939, really a propaganda piece concerning Nazi infiltration of the United States. Fortunately in real life they weren't this successful
February 27, 2013
A highly entertaining, propogandistic film made before the US entered WWII; most people don't know that the Nazis had very large groups of sympathizers in the US before American entry into the war... the film sensationalizes a true story about an egotistical and incompetent misfit who attempted to spy for the Nazis.
February 9, 2013
Pretty simple-minded spy tale about Nazi's infiltrating US society with diabolical plans. The film is more interesting to watch as a period piece, being filmed a couple years before the US got involved in WWII. The film moves at a quick pace, but it's not all that original or interesting. George Sanders is good as an American Nazi sympathizer and Edward G. Robinson is also good as the FBI agent on the trail of the Nazi group.
August 20, 2012
another winner from that magic year 1939
½ January 7, 2012
Edward G. Robinson is his usual brilliant self in the daring World War II era drama Confessions of a Nazi Spy. The film was the first to publicly admonish the Nazi party, which back in 1939 was a bold decision. Confessions can be faulted for a lacking supporting cast and timid direction, but it still serves as a fascinating time capsule of the social state of America prior to entering the war.
½ March 7, 2011
Edward G. Robinson is his usual brilliant self in the daring World War II era drama Confessions of a Nazi Spy. The film was the first to publicly admonish the Nazi party, which back in 1939 was a bold decision. Confessions can be faulted for a lacking supporting cast and timid direction, but it still serves as a fascinating time capsule of the social state of America prior to entering the war.
Super Reviewer
December 26, 2010
Despite coming out two and a half years before America's involvement in WWII, Confessions of a Nazi Spy is a wonderful piece of propaganda. This movie is also a single-finger salute to Germany on the part of Warner Bros as the only studio who would speak out against the Nazis despite a lucrative film market overseas. The movie sets up a sprawling network of Nazi spies and the dread it would've potentially brought upon the U.S. Once Edward G. Robinson, Nazi Hunter is on the case about 45 minutes into the movie, he starts cleverly kicking ass and taking names. It starts playing out like Law and Order's grandfather at points but by the time the final scene and the credits roll you're ready to kick some Nazi ass.
August 23, 2010
The very first American movie to feature the Nazi's. Released about two years before American entry into World War II. Allegedly, much industry resistance to it because: a) It didn't portray all the good things Hitler had done for Germany and Germans, and b) It could hurt European film distribution for the studio. They made it anyway.
March 10, 2010
I could barely stay awake during this so that tells you something
½ January 22, 2010
I realize that in 1939 the threat of Nazi?s was a serious and imminent one, but this film does go a bit too much to the extreme. Edward G. Robinson is an asset and does a fine job. It is more of interest for it?s historical significance than it is as a film, but the story isn?t a bad one and it?s quite fascinating.
½ January 22, 2010
6.5/10. I realize that in 1939 the threat of Nazi?s was a serious and imminent one, but this film does go a bit too much to the extreme. Edward G. Robinson is an asset and does a fine job. It is more of interest for it?s historical significance than it is as a film, but the story isn?t a bad one and it?s quite fascinating.
November 11, 2008
good stuff with Edawrd G
½ August 15, 2008
This movie played heavily on the paranoia that surrounded the German immigrants during World War II. It is the quintessential propaganda piece from that war-stricken era, churned out from Hollywood near daily like grandmother's fresh butter. However, the film is actually quite good, and Robinson is his typical excellent acting self. Nonetheless, the events are inconsistent with the real facts, and most of the German bundists were tipped off and able to escape the country and subsequent prosecution before the FBI could capture them. Unfortunately, nothing has changed in this new century. It's a different time and a different 'radical' group, but the seething animosity and ignorance of fact still pervades our less than attentive society.
August 2, 2008
Very interesting to see American viewpoints prior to the start of the war.
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