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Lancer Spy (1937)

Dolores del Rio , George Sanders , Gregory Ratoff  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dolores del Rio, George Sanders, Peter Lorre
  • Directors: Gregory Ratoff
  • Writers: Philip Dunne, Martha Cnockhaert McKenna
  • Producers: Samuel G. Engel, Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979KQ54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An English spy replaces a high-ranking German Baron during WWI, and fools everybody – except for the head of the secret police, who schemes to expose him. This international cast includes George Sanders, Peter Lorre, and Mexican starlet Dolores del Rio. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Footage October 9, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Let me begin by saying how thrilled I am that 20th Century Fox has joined the bandwagon by releasing many of their old classics in a new MOD series. They had stopped releasing all of their golden gems on DVD, which was disappointing to me, since their library is one of the best from the Goldne Age of Hollywood. I've purchased a number of these films in the MOD format, and I was looking forward to "Lancer Spy," which I hadn't seen in over 45 years (when I was in my early teens). It's a complicated espionage thriller in which George Sanders made his Hollywood debut, and he's excellent in a dual role. Now, here comes my complaint. I don't know the movie by frame-by-frame, because it's been so long since my last viewing, but while watching it, I found the plot rather disjointed, and some scenes were jumping to the next scenes with no transitions whatsover. The running time of this MOD release is just about 75 minutes, so I decided to do a little research. First, I checked my very worn copy of Leonard Maltin's "Movies on Television," which I've had since 1968. When it comes to running times, this book is extraordinarily reliable, and it gives the length of "Lancer Spy" as 84 minutes. Then I checked IMDB, which is more accurate as to the current running length of oldies, given the fact that some of them have been cut over the years, and discarded scenes often are lost forever. IMDB states that the running time is 78 minutes, so this version is even three minutes shorter than that. I'm not saying not to buy it, but I am saying that you may find yourself frequently scratching your head when it comes to the plot. If you are a purist when it comes to classic movies, as I am, a missing nine minutes is a VERY long time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In the dark December 2, 2012
I've waited years to see this movie, and I'm not sure I have seen all of it yet - between the obvious breaks/cuts and a transfer so dark I couldn't even read the titles. Enjoyed what I could see, but it's such a shame MGM are charging top dollar for such poor quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good WW I espionage thriller June 4, 2006
By Bomojaz
Format:VHS Tape
George Sanders plays a British spy in WW I who resembles in appearance a German officer; when the officer is captured, Sanders doubles for him and returns to Berlin to get information on an invasion plan. But Peter Lorre as a German major becomes suspicious of Sanders and assigns spy Delores Del Rio ("cleverly" named Dolores Daria) to learn what he's up to. She and Sanders fall in love and she helps him get the secret plans. She's caught and killed, but Sanders escapes to Switzerland with the plans to Britain's advantage. Sanders, who had played only bit parts up to this point, became a star with this picture, and he is superb. The espionage story moves along dramatically, and the climax is exciting and compelling. To show that Sanders was not just a heartless patriot, at the end we see that he returned to Berlin every year after the war to pay his respects at Del Rio's grave. Well done all around.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed! March 28, 2014
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This was not what I expected. The part Delores Del Rio played amounted to nothing. This had to be cut up. Made no sense At all.
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