The Two-Headed Spy

1958

André de Toth
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

Tale of a British spy in deep cover as a German general in World War Two.

Mediocre war thriller that suceeds mainly on the excellent performances of Hawkins and Aylmer as his handler. Knox and Underdown also seem to relish the chance to play such despicable characters. The main problem is there is not enough character development in the script, only a scenario which the audience is supposed to feel invested in. The cast tries hard, and Matheson's score tries vainly to generate a sense of urgency, but there is little to be had.

Supposedly based on the exploits of Colonel Alexander Scotland, who served in the German Army in the early 1900s under the name Schottland. All resemblance to the film story ends there, and the text at the beginning comes across as yet another instance of self-congratulatory film industry BS.

-Dave W.

Thanks to Gerald Lovell for helping identify some unknowns!


The Two-Headed Spy
25th November 1958
CInema



93 mins
1.66:1



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Jack Hawkins
General Alex Schottland
Gia Scala
Lili Geyr
Felix Aylmer
Cornaz
Alexander Knox
Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller
Laurence Naismith
General Hauser
Edward Underdown
Gruppenführer Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Donald Pleasence
General Hardt
(as Donald Pleasance)
Martin Benson
General Wagner
Kenneth Griffith
Adolf Hitler
Walter Hudd
Admiral Wilhelm Canaris
Harriette Johns
Karen Corscher
(as Harriet Johns)
Geoffrey Bayldon
Dietz, Schottland's Driver
Erik Schumann
Kurt Reinisch
Peter Swanwick
General Toppe
(uncredited)
Deering Wells
General Merkel
(uncredited)
Victor Fairley
General Rupert
(uncredited)
Victor Harrington
German General at Party
(uncredited)
Aidan Harrington
German Officer at Party
(uncredited)
Hubert Hill
German Officer at Party
(uncredited)
Sheree Winton
Lady at Party
(uncredited)
Jim Morris
German Officer at Party
Unknown Male 29
Barman at Party
Pat Halpin
German Officer at Party
John McLaren
Colonel Hansen
(uncredited)
Ian Colin
Colonel Heitz
(uncredited)
James Ure
General at Meeting
Unknown
General at Meeting
Richard Grey
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
(uncredited)
Unknown
Schottland's Secretary
Peter Brace
Gestapo Agent Torturing Cornaz
(uncredited)
Unknown
Müller's Adjutant
Victor Woolf
Secondhand Shop Owner
(uncredited)
Ronald Hines
Corporal Zetterlund
(uncredited)
Peter Elliott
Soldir in Woods
(uncredited)
John Dunbar
Doctor (uncredited)
Peter Welch
Gestapo Major
(uncredited)
Robert Crewdson
Gestapo Agent at Lili's Apartment
(uncredited)
Michael Caine
Gestapo Agent at Lili's Apartment
(uncredited)
Unknown
Guard
Unknown
Obergefreiter
Edward Malin
Waiter (uncredited)
Bart Allison
Waiter (uncredited)
Johnny Wyne
German Officer at Restaurant
Norman Fisher
German General at Restaurant
Unknown
Woman in Restaurant
Unknown
German Officer in Restaurant
Unknown
Wounded Soldier
Unknown
Wounded Soldier
Grenville Eves
Colonel, Field Hospital
(uncredited)
John Cabot
Innkeeper (uncredited)
Patrick Jordan
Gestapo Agent in Müller's Office
(uncredited)
Dudley Foster
Gestapo Agent in Müller's Office
(uncredited)
Martin Boddey
General Opitz
(uncredited)
W. Thorp Devereux
General Kirche
(uncredited)
Desmond Roberts
General Zeiss
(uncredited)
Unknown
General in Bunker
Neil Hallett
Soldier Arresting Müller
(uncredited)
Eddie Boyce
Soldier Arresting Müller
(uncredited)
Martin Sterndale
Corporal at Autobahn Exit Control Point
(uncredited)
Clifford Earl
British Soldier
(miscredited on IMDb as Kenneth Earl)
Unknown
British Soldier Outside Pub
Unknown
British Officer Outside Pub
Nade Beall
Eva Fischer
(uncredited)
John Brooking
Staff Officer
(uncredited)
Bernard Fox
Lieutenant (uncredited)
Monica Marlow
Young Girl
(uncredited)

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