Appointment in Berlin (1943) Movie Script

[ Radio: ]
"We are broadcasting from the aerodrome
where Prime Minister Chamberlain."
"Has this minute returned from Munich."
"Ladies and gentlemen,
the Prime Minister."
"This morning, I had another talk with
the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler."
"And here is the paper."
"Which bears his name."
"As well as mine."
"Some of you perhaps, already
have heard what it contains."
"But I would just like
to read it to you."
"We are resolved."
"That the method of consultation."
"Shall be the method adopted
to deal with any other questions."
"That may concern our two countries."
"And we are determined."
"To continue our efforts to remove
possible sources of difference."
"And thus to contribute .."
"To assure the peace of Europe."
"For the second time in our history."
"A British Prime Minister has
returned from Germany."
"Bringing peace with honour."
- What relief.
How could we?
How could we?
Handing over Britain to Hitler
without raising a finger.
Do you think it is about
time we woke up?
Letting him get away
with it, year after year.
What in heaven's name are
we coming to anyway?
Have you ever made any effort
to understand our foreign policy?
Well, does it require any effort?
1935, Ethiopia.
1936, Spain.
1937, China.
!938, Munich.
Is that what you call foreign policy?
Or would "cowardice" be more correct?
It makes me ashamed
of being an Englishman.
How dare you, sir!
Paper, sir? Picture-paper here, sir.
Paper .. read all about it.
Paper, sir. Paper?
Get your papers here.
All the latest news.
Papers, sir. Get your latest news, sir.
Paper, Guvnor? Prime Minister
makes a deal with Hitler.
Read all about it, sir.
No flowers?
- Flowers, sir?
Yes, flowers .. big ones.
Rest in peace.
They are customary at
times like these, aren't they?
I see what you mean, sir.
It is a blasted shame, isn't it.
Wing Commander, sir?
- Yes.
I was in the last one myself, sir.
Left it at Ypres.
Don't you ever wonder why?
That I does, sir .. what good did it do?
Same old fuss all over again.
Only this time, we're acting like
a pack of frightened schoolboys.
Great news, what?
Oh yes, indeed. Wonderful news.
What this country needs
is a bit of waking up.
Will this cover your papers?
Why yes, sir. But ..
Alright Sergeant-Major,
let's try waking them up.
Here you are ladies and
gentlemen, the latest edition.
Read all about the shame of England.
Prime Minister surrenders
to the gangster of Munich.
Disgraceful, sir! And you in a uniform.
Extra! Extra! All about
the great magician.
Hitler makes mice out of Englishmen.
Runs another bluff on Prime Minister.
Read all about it!
A great nation's cowardice
astonishes world.
Here, what's all this?
Take one, officer. Read about the death
of an old friend of yours: England.
Now see this. You'll create no
disturbance in this neighbourhood.
If it's criticism of the government you
want to voice, kindly go to Hyde Park.
I'm afraid you don't follow me, officer.
This isn't a criticism.
It's a denouncement.
Then you do your denouncing
somewhere else.
Now, get away from here
before I run you both in.
Come on, Sergeant-Major.
I'll buy you another drink.
Another drink? Another drink
will make it an even one.
Begging your pardon, sir. But you'll
have to be a bit more careful.
Is it possible my good man ..
That you find the policy of
appeasement palatable?
I don't rightly know
what that means, sir.
But I can't afford to have my bar
turned into a house of treason.
Oh, so now the truth about this
commonwealth becomes treason.
And what, may I ask, do you call
it when Herr Hitler this morning ..
Was permitted to stamp the Swastika
upon the Royal Seal of Great Britain?
Or haven't you heard of that paper the
Prime Minister brought back from Munich?
Now see here, you.
- Have no fear.
The Sergeant-Major and I won't
lacerate your timid soul any further.
Down with Hitler.
- All the way down.
Come on, Smitty.
Well, sir .. I've a feeling that
people thinks we're lunatics.
That's the traditional
fate of all prophets.
For all the waking-up we done, we
might just as well have stayed in bed.
Smitty .. let's see if one picture is
better than ten thousand words.
The finding of this
court reads as follows.
That Wing Commander
Keith Wilson of the Royal Air Force.
Is guilty of conduct unbecoming
of an Officer and Gentleman.
And is to retire from
His Majesty's service.
Effective at once.
You too, Miller?
- Your father is not at home, sir.
I didn't think he would be.
You may tell him it wasn't necessary
to change the lock to keep me out.
I only came along to collect my things.
- We'll go along too, if you don't mind.
These gentlemen have
been waiting since morning.
Scotland Yard.
I don't remember that in a drunken
moment I murdered somebody.
Nothing like that, Mr Wilson.
It's only that an old friend
of yours wants to see you.
Does he have to have me Shanghaied?
Well, you see sir, he was afraid that
otherwise you might not show up.
Who is this old friend?
- You'll soon find out, sir.
Goodbye, Miller.
- Goodbye, sir.
Yes, yes.
Yes, I'll see him at The Embassy.
[ Buzzer ]
"Mr Keith Wilson is here, sir."
- Yes, send him in.
Thank you, Morris.
- Patterson.
This is .. all rather theatrical.
It reads rather like a detective story.
- Yes, I suppose it does.
Sit down?
I prefer to listen to
lectures standing up.
That way, I pass less attention.
- As you wish.
What .. what do you intend to do now?
What do you mean, now?
- Now. From now on.
Oh, do a bit of drinking I suppose.
Not much time left, you know.
Nazi slave-labour has very
few privileges I'm told.
You can always avoid that unpleasant
possibility by leaving the country.
America, for instance.
Yes, I suppose I could.
Then what happens to
England .. does matter to you.
What do you think?
More, I think than any
man I've ever known.
That's why I sent for you.
I need your help.
What can I do? I'm a pretty
disreputable character you know.
That's exactly why .. there is
something I want to show you.
Look. Do you mind if
I ask you a question?
What's all this about?
So you are Secret Service.
I never suspected.
The whole point of Secret Service
is to prevent people suspecting.
This ..
This is one of the most important
documents in all of Europe today.
It's a comparative study of German and
British armed forces. Land, sea and air.
I won't bore you with the introduction.
It's only the figures I ask you to hear.
As of the 1st of this month.
Tanks. Germany - 20,000.
England - 400.
400 tanks? You mean to
say that's all we've got?
Oh, we're in good shape with tanks.
For instance, we have only one
thousand Browning machine-guns.
And 75 Bren-gun carriers.
But that's fantastic.
What about aircraft?
Germany - 40,000.
England - 800 or 900 .. mostly obsolete.
What have we been doing all this time?
Trying to behave like gentlemen.
Well, shall I go on, or do you think
your blood-pressure won't stand it?
You're asking for a war with a country
that's been getting ready for ten years.
They've got 3 million men,
trained and ready.
What do you expect us to fight
them with? Our bare hands?
What are we doing about it now?
- Working day and night.
Tanks, guns, aircraft, ships, bombs.
I only hope it is not too late.
Then there's another thing
very few people know.
We're facing one of the greatest
conspiracies in all history.
It's a dirty game the
Hun swine is playing.
Using every Nazi in the country
from the Ambassador himself ..
To the cheapest scullery maid,
is a highly trained observer.
Working directly for Hitler.
So, we've finally learnt that you can't
fight in the gutter with kid gloves.
From now on, we're playing their game.
I want you to work for
me in counter-espionage.
But how? Do you think they are
stupid enough to take me in?
Oh, they're anything but stupid.
But, contrary to general
opinion, so are we.
You speak German perfectly, I know.
How about having a shot at it?
After all, if you're going
in off the deep end.
You may as well do it for England.
By all means.
The Dutch Ambassador is giving
a little party tomorrow night.
I don't know the Dutch Ambassador.
But you will by tomorrow
night. You'll be old friends.
I .. I might tell you we have
a certain understanding.
I'm sure everything
will be very satisfactory.
Your job will be to cultivate
a girl who will be there.
Her name is Von Preising.
- Attractive? - Very.
She has a brother called Rudolph.
Who was an attach at the Embassy
here for two or three years.
Now, he's high up in Herr
Goebbels propaganda bureau.
I see what you are after.
I thought you'd be interested.
It's a nice branch of service, this.
Parties, pretty girls ..
I should have known about it before.
What did you say her name was?
- Von Preising.
Von Preising.
It was the first time
I visited Barcelona.
I remember the day very well indeed.
Yes, but at that time you
were but .. a little girl.
You are quite right.
- You must have enjoyed the Fiesta?
Yes, very much. It was very beautiful.
Yes, I remember. I was travelling
with my family at the time.
Frulein Von Preising, may I present
an old friend of mine, Mr Wilson.
How do you do?
- Seor Ortega of the Spanish Embassy.
Seor Mendez.
If you will excuse us,
Frulein Von Preising.
Would you ..?
- Thank you.
- Yes, with soda, please.
Two Scotch-and-sodas.
It's refreshing to meet a girl
that doesn't like fancy drinks.
Is it that unusual?
- Oh, yes.
Most of them like a drink doxied up with
lemon, orange and cherries and rhubarb.
There should be a special
punishment reserved ..
For people who spoil good
whiskey by putting junk into it.
I thought that only Americans did that.
Like all bad habits, it is
spreading all over the world.
Your photographs make you seem
much older .. Wing Commander.
Well, you know what
newspaper pictures are.
Besides, when they were taken
I had certain responsibilities.
For one thing, I'm no
longer a Wing Commander.
I know.
Would you like to dance?
I don't think dancing with a cashiered
officer would be much of a social risk.
Hello Ilse.
May I present my brother.
Rudolph - Mr Wilson.
How do you do?
- We're on our way to dance.
I hope you will excuse us.
You are from Ostrda aren't you?
My family is for generations.
How did you know?
Because that's where the
Prussian nobles come from.
Because only a man descended
from a long line of Ostrdens.
Could have possibly got that look into
his face that your brother had just now.
One of complete and utter disapproval.
Perhaps I shouldn't say this.
But sometimes, I'm afraid Rudolph
doesn't approve of me either.
In this case, I think he's right.
After all, I'm not the most
sought-after male in London.
I could never understand why people
indulge in formal friendships anyway.
In my experience, anything cut to
a pattern, is likely to be very dull.
You sound as though there is
a bit of the outlaw in you, too.
Probably the result of
rigid parental supervision.
Amazing how closely
our case-histories agree.
It encourages me to ask
you to lunch tomorrow.
I know a little out-of-the-way place.
Knackwurst? Do you happen
to like fine knackwurst?
Is there such a place in London?
It's been wonderful, Keith.
These last few days.
Well, don't sound so sad about it.
This is just the beginning.
Do you like frog's legs?
Good. Then I know just
the place. Tomorrow night.
I'd like very much to, but I'm
leaving in the morning for Antibes.
For long?
- I'm afraid so.
I ..
I hope you get back to England soon.
I hope so too.
Ahem .. hello.
Keith! You startled me.
I couldn't see the point
of staying in London.
When the frog's legs are so
much better here at the casino.
And you did say that
you liked frog's legs.
I hope you don't mind.
Mind? Of course not. Come on, sit down.
Would you like some coffee?
Would you mind if I had whiskey?
- Certainly not.
It's wonderful here. Hard to believe
that it is grey and gloomy in London.
Whiskey and soda.
- Yes, sir.
Did you have a nice trip?
- A bit bumpy over the channel.
But what I wanted was
speed, not comfort.
We have a date, haven't we?
- Yes. - Every night?
There won't be many.
We return to Germany very soon.
And leave this paradise?
How can you tear yourself away?
Rudolph has been
summoned back to Berlin.
You remember Rudolph?
- Yes, of course. How are you?
And this is our host, Monsieur Rader.
How do you do?
- An old friend from London, Mr Wilson.
Welcome to Villa Rader.
- Thank you.
Mr Wilson is the author of the
recent London sensation.
You are a writer, yes?
An artist of sorts.
Make public sketches and
so forth. Nothing really.
A pleasant coincidence
Mr Wilson. Your being here.
Nice of you to put it that way. As a
matter of fact, it isn't a coincidence.
I came here to keep
a dinner date with Ilse.
The .. romantic type?
Got to make a career out
of something, you know.
Here's to it.
Marvelous orchestra, Henri.
- Thank you, Ilse.
I heard them in Paris and persuaded
them to come down here for the season.
The music is excellent when I dance
myself. Would you risk another one?
Is your brother the
manager of the casino?
He's the owner.
You plan to stay long?
That depends .. a couple of weeks.
Unless I break the bank before then.
In which case I move on to Monte Carlo.
I envy a man who has no more
to worry about than his leisure.
Yes, I expect you chaps
are pretty busy right now.
That's one reason for this.
I wanted to hurry up and get
here before you took it over.
You see a German soldier behind
every bush, don't you Mr Wilson?
Except the little ones. And behind
those are junior German soldiers.
If you are not careful, this may
develop into an obsession.
If not wanting to sit and let your enemy
get the first punch is an obsession ..
Then it's developed already.
After all, if you've got
to fight, you've got to fight.
That's all I want to do.
That's all I want England to do.
With what? 400 tanks?
A thousand machine guns
and 800 obsolete planes?
I must compliment you on
your excellent Secret Service.
But if war came tomorrow, I think that
Germany might have a little surprise.
What we lack in quantity.
We certainly make up for in
brand-new improvements.
You see, when I campaigned for war,
it wasn't as ill-informed as you think.
Will you excuse me while I try my luck?
Our English friend is what
they call a "good loser".
Apparently a very heavy one.
Hello .. you are just in time to bring
me luck. And not before I need it.
Are you satisfied now?
Mesdames and Messieurs.
You see, Henri, if we beat
the trap heavily enough ..
We are sure to be successful.
I think there is value in your idea.
Come in.
Yes, sir?
The young Englishman Wilson,
with Frulein Von Preising ..
Has carte-blanche.
And you will see that he uses it.
Yes, sir.
Hoppner will check on him in London.
We've intercepted a letter from
Von Preising to Herr Hoppner.
Have they decoded it yet?
- Yes, sir.
They ask for all available
information on Wilson.
Well, Keith is progressing.
Make sure Hoppner is allowed to collect
all the information we've prepared.
You can have his letter back now.
Hoppner seems to have
been as thorough as ever.
Yes indeed. We haven't made a mistake.
Wilson was an officer of even more
importance than we thought.
Are you seeing him tonight?
- At the casino.
Good luck.
Well my dear, you
look charming in sable.
Thank you .. I hope Keith likes it.
- Of course he will.
He has surprisingly good taste.
For an Englishman.
Is he in love with you?
If he is, he has failed to let me know.
Are you by any chance, in love with him?
What possible interest
could that be to you?
A great deal.
I have certain confidential information
from our London agent concerning him.
It seems he held a rather important
position in the British Air Ministry.
You must understand.
That with proper handling, he might
be of great value to the Reich.
There is something you
must understand, Rudolph.
I will have no part in
manufacturing traitors.
Every nation uses a spy system.
You may call it what you like.
And you may use it if you like.
I cannot prevent it .. but I
myself will have no part of it.
I am expecting Mr Wilson. Tell him I
have a headache and I have retired.
Very well, Madame.
Definitely retired.
Dix-neuf rouge.
Do you mind another I.O.U. ?
- Not at all, sir.
Would you mind writing it in Mr Rader's
office? He would like to see you.
Don't tell me, don't tell me.
Let me guess.
It couldn't be the little matter
of the I.O.U.s could it?
I hope you don't think I'm inhospitable.
Nonsense, nonsense Mr Rader.
You've been most charitable.
Of course, it is an old story to you,
but I do hope to pay those.
But when, sir?
Well, to tell the truth, I am rather
desperate for funds right now.
I'm sorry .. I've been expecting
some money from England, but ..
Now I find that my account has been
tied up by my father in some way.
I can't even pay my hotel bill.
- Most unfortunate.
Of course it must sound rather ironic
for somebody like me talk about honour.
But I assure you that some day
will pay you what I owe you.
Some day? That is the best
assurance you can give?
Well, I could say tomorrow or next
week, but it wouldn't be true.
I am trying to raise the money, however.
It wouldn't do you much
good to put me in jail.
That's true.
- Thank you, Mr Rader.
Mister Wilson.
Would you care to
undertake a mission for me?
It might wipe out our account and ..
Remunerate you very
handsomely .. in the bargain.
It would indeed.
I have a friend in London.
His name is Hoppner.
Didn't Mr Rader tell you more than that?
- No. That's all.
Well, I will explain.
I have a friend who has an invention he
wants to sell to the British Government.
It would be very useful.
- What sort of an invention?
An aerial torpedo.
Accuracy, very good.
But unfortunately, before my
friend has finished his model ..
Someone else makes an invention of the
same kind, and sends it to the Ministry.
Now my friend, he says to himself.
If I could see this other
invention .. for one little second.
I should know if it is
worthwhile to go on with mine.
Ah .. where do I come in, exactly?
You still have access to the Air
Ministry through friends, do you not?
Are you suggesting that
I should steal the plans?
No, no. There is no
question of stealing.
That would be foolish and unnecessary.
And you couldn't do such a thing.
But if you could make an opportunity
to see the plans .. for a moment.
Long enough let's say, to
take a photograph .. with this.
Plenty of money.
I'm afraid I'm not much of
a hand at photography.
Oh, that's very simple.
First .. you sight the viewfinder.
Then, be sure .. the plan is centred ..
Pull up at that Cab over
there and stop beside it.
Drive on straight ahead.
Here it is.
- Good.
Nine o'clock tonight?
- Right.
It will be a bit messy in there.
A trial for treason, a prison sentence.
Complete disgrace.
A damnable thing to ask from a man.
It's very, very good.
- Yes, I thought it was good myself.
Well, there's only the financial
matter to be settled and this is yours.
Oh, certainly, certainly.
Here are your ..
- Yes. I know.
Twenty, fifty.
Well .. it all looks very interesting.
You are both under arrest.
Have they announced the verdict yet?
Yes. Guilty, of course.
- Yes, but what is the sentence?
18 months imprisonment.
Lucky for him, England is not at war.
Come, Ilse. You must not let your
personal feelings get the better of you.
After all, you are not responsible.
- But you are.
I was working for Germany.
I have told you this before,
and I say it again.
I do not like these methods.
This manufacturing of traitors.
Get all the latest news here.
Read all about it.
Get your latest news here. Paper, sir?
Get your papers. Read about how
they got away from Dunkirk.
Papers! Read all about it.
Paper sir? Here you are, sir.
Read all about it.
Get your latest here.
Read all about how they
got away from Dunkirk.
Her you are, sir. Paper?
Paper, sir .. paper?
- So they got away?
Guts, sir. English guts.
What a show.
Why, you are Wing Commander ..
You've got nothing to be proud of.
You too, eh Smitty? So you
won't talk to me, either.
I'll talk to you.
Down with Wing Commander Wilson!
All the way down.
Papers. Get your latest news here.
Why did you send for me?
Why can't we get started?
What are we waiting for?
You know as well as I do
Keith, that we can't rush this.
We've got to be patient.
I've tried to be. I've stayed
in my room for days.
I keep off the streets to spare friends
the pain of turning away from me.
I can't stay locked-up forever.
I know it is hard going, but it's
bound to work sooner or later.
I know that too, but when?
I can have you cleared of course.
Call the whole thing off.
There is too much
invested to do that now.
But I'm warning you, that if
something doesn't happen soon ..
I'm not going to be much use
to anybody, let alone England.
[ Radio: ]
"Tonight, Radio Berlin is inaugurating
a series of broadcasts by someone .."
"Who knows and loves England
with a deep understanding."
"I refer to that charming
and distinguished lady."
"Frulein Ilse Von Preising."
"Who has recently returned
from Ankara, Turkey."
"Now .. Frulein Von Preising."
"Good evening, my English friends."
"It may seem strange to some
of you to hear me call you that."
"But that is what you are."
Hear that?
- Yes, I did.
It has finally happened.
A glass of stout, please.
It's getting warmer.
- Cheerio.
I've been expecting this.
I thought you should see it.
Very bitter, isn't he?
He hates England. And with good reason.
He found his friends
out for what they are.
And does the charming Frulein Von
Preising, remember him by any chance?
What is it, Rudolph?
Perhaps the time Rader and I spent
on him was not altogether wasted.
What are you planning?
- I've already spoken to Von Ritter.
You will take the five o'clock
plane for Stockholm.
Where you will meet
Mr Wilson and persuade him ..
Without any difficulty I'm sure. To come
to Berlin and stay with us for a while.
I will do nothing of the sort!
Do I have to remind you my
dear sister, we are at war.
We are all under orders,
and you will obey yours.
The Stockholm plane leaves the
Tempelhof aerodrome at five o'clock.
Of course I've changed.
Everything has changed.
That's not exactly what I meant.
Let's face facts .. this whole
mess is England's fault.
It's just a question of being realistic.
France's position is hopeless. She will
surrender. Then England asks for peace.
That's not the general
impression in Germany.
Well, what have they got to fight with?
They should get rid of their
present leaders and ask for terms.
Those men who deliberately left England
unarmed, should be held responsible.
Hitler was right.
The democracies are too soft.
You should do well in Berlin.
I'm not thinking of
myself in particular.
I'm thinking of the people of England.
I want them to know
the truth. They've got to.
I wish I were running this show.
The Assistant Minister of Information.
You honour us, Herr Von Ritter.
Frulein Von Preising,
delightful to see you.
I thought I would drop in and make sure
that you were ready with our new idea.
Ah, there you are, Mr Wilson.
- Good afternoon, Assistant Minister.
All ready for your first broadcast?
- Yes, I'm a little nervous, though.
There is nothing to worry about. I'm
sure Mr Wilson will do very well indeed.
You are fortunate that our distinguished
Director of Communications ..
Supports you so wholeheartedly.
Yes, I'm very grateful.
- It only remains to wish you success.
Heil Hitler.
- Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
- Heil Hitler.
Heil Hitler.
And now, an announcement
of the very greatest importance ..
To all of our shortwave
listeners in the British Isles.
In one moment ..
You will hear from this station
the voice of one of your countrymen.
An Englishman who will, after this,
speak to you nightly at this hour.
A voice which we will simply
call .. the "Voice of Truth".
Good evening fellow Englishmen.
You are listening to the Voice of Truth.
Tonight I bring you momentous news.
Nothing but atmospherics.
- Shall I have a try, sir?
"France has asked for an armistice."
"And she has asked for an armistice
because she knows that she is defeated."
"Hopelessly .. ignominiously."
He's done it.
- Good boy.
"And now, what of England?"
"Alone and unprepared to
face the might of Germany."
"Will she continue to listen
to the words of false leaders?"
"Those false leaders who brought
this dreadful war to pass."
"Those war-mongers, those profiteers."
"Or will she throw off these men,
and accept the hand of friendship?"
"Which would be so readily be
extended to her by the new Germany."
Pardon sir .. but do I imagine
I've heard that voice before?
Oh, just another Hun.
So that is the choice
which faces Britain.
An honourable peace.
Or the fearful horrors of
invasion and certain defeat.
This is all I have
to say to you tonight.
Until the same time tomorrow
then, this is the Voice of Truth.
Signing off from Berlin.
Here you are, Ilse. I wondered
what had become of you.
It is too close in the studio.
- But you heard the Voice of Truth?
Of course, in here.
Sit down. I will get you a drink.
- Thank you.
I need it.
Well, how was I?
Your broadcast was .. very well done.
A slight celebration.
Thank you, Rudolph.
To my old friend, and new comrade.
That's better.
Much better. I mean .. thank
you Frulein Von Preising.
You honour me.
I have Banning and Forrester.
They wish to see the director.
Have them find my secretary.
Tell them to ..
Oh, come in, gentlemen. Come in.
Mr Banning, Mr Forrester,
allow me to introduce Mr Wilson.
How do you do?
These are correspondents for one of the
big American broadcasting corporations.
Mr Wilson just made a
broadcast to England.
The first of a series.
Yes, we heard it.
You know, they might think we're
meeting ex-Wing Commander Wilson.
Sure I remember. Remember?
Sure I remember.
It clears up a question for me. Where do
the rats go when they leave the ship?
Especially if the ship
doesn't sink after all.
I'll handle this.
Mr Banning, Mr Forrester, I shall
report this to the minister.
It's a bit stuffy in here, what?
Yes, I'll take up our business
with you in the morning.
Goodnight Frulein Von Preising,
Goodnight Herr Director.
Goodnight, Herr Wilson.
Insulting swine.
There must be no weakening
in our hour of triumph.
That is my daily message to my readers.
Especially to my women readers.
And I have more women readers
than any other journalist in Berlin.
You will like the film you
are going to see tonight.
Yes, I'm looking forward to it.
Ah .. good evening.
- Good evening.
Ah, Herr Wilson.
I introduce you to Frau Van Leyden,
one of our leading journalists.
I'm delighted Herr Wilson. I've listened
to your broadcasts with much admiration.
Thank you.
- Dear, you must meet Herr Wilson.
My husband.
Like you, he is of foreign
birth, but a true Nordic.
I really am so glad to
meet you, Herr Wilson.
I'm sure we shall have
a great deal in common.
Take your seats please.
This way. Take your seats please.
I don't think I'll go in.
- Oh, come on. Why not?
Let's go in and watch
the master race at play.
Rotterdam wiped off the map three
hours after it had surrendered.
Women and children blown up at Warsaw.
I ain't that Nordic.
You are coming in, yes?
- No thank you, Herr Minister.
My colleague and I are
slightly .. indisposed.
Oh .. I'm so sorry.
[ Door knocks ]
Come in.
Good morning .. lovely day.
Here is the draft of my
broadcast for tomorrow.
Thank you.
Don't you think this play-acting
has gone far enough?
I seem to remember a
little place called Antibes.
Have you forgotten already?
- No.
Were you in love with me then?
- Yes.
Is your love something you can
turn on and off when you like?
There's many things that can happen to
love, as are happening to the world.
There is something I want to know.
Something I must know.
Last night at the film show.
Is it true what that American said?
- What about?
About our bombing Rotterdam
after it had surrendered?
Well, there was some talk about it.
But there is nothing very chivalrous
about modern warfare you know.
You mean, you agree with
making war like this?
Why, certainly. Don't you?
I just wanted to know.
- Is that all you wanted to know?
This is really excellent Frau
Van Leyden. Great stuff.
I can't tell you how deeply I appreciate
your co-operation, Herr Wilson.
The fresh viewpoint.
That is what I seek
continuously in my work.
Speaking of work. Mr Wilson
has a broadcast to prepare.
And here am I, just wasting his
time. How thoughtless of me.
You are so kind.
Perhaps you will allow me to leave you
the draft of another upcoming article?
And let me have your criticism?
Here is my card.
Call me at any time.
Any time.
Thank you.
- Goodbye, Frulein Von Preising.
Thank you so much. Now I must rush.
I'll be stopping in again
to see you very soon.
I feel sure you will.
An abominable woman.
- But a good worker.
To me, that work seems
beneath the dignity of the Reich.
You don't like it, you couldn't
like it .. you must like her.
She is certainly .. dynamic.
Where are you off to?
This is the Voice Of Truth
again, fellow Englishmen.
Tonight I'm going to begin with
a quotation from a book.
Which all of you know about, and
many of you I am sure, have read.
I refer to "Mein Kampf".
[ Radio: ]
"These flaming words of Adolph Hitler."
"Tell us that he who plans to lead a
nation must seize time by the forelock."
"The French knew this once."
"That last, fleeting effort when
Napoleon Bonaparte in July 1815 .."
"Set forth from the
little isle of Elba."
Let's see now.
Six is the key today. And that
introduction means the second paragraph.
"Hitler .. plans .."
"Seize .. French .."
"Fleeting .. July .. the 4th."
What's that?
Oh, of course.
Night after night, London
explodes and burns.
Night after night, the
bombers will come.
"Your losses by reason of
these titanic hammer-blows."
"Continuing to increase with
every day of the year .."
"In a super-blitz must
inevitably destroy you."
"Englishmen .. assert your will."
"And cease this hopeless struggle."
"That is all I have to
say to you tonight."
"Until the same time tomorrow then .. "
"This is the Voice Of Truth
signing off from Berlin."
Thanks. That will do. Goodnight.
Let's see now.
Look at the last paragraph.
What's the new key, MacPhail?
- Eight-two-ten, sir.
"If .. bomber .."
"Losses .. continue .."
"To increase .."
"Blitz .. will .. cease."
Do you suppose that is right, sir?
Well, if he is wrong,
it will be the first time.
Thank you.
What do you call yourself these days?
Julius, sir. Julius Hoffman.
I'm afraid I'm a little late. I'm sorry.
But I've brought the revised draft
of my broadcast for tonight.
By the way, have you seen the paper?
Berlin's first air-raid didn't
amount to much, did it.
You think not?
A nice boutonnire you're wearing.
- Yes. Isn't it.
Not easy to find carnations these days.
- I found a little out-of-the-way place.
You find time to work
so far from the office?
To Friedenstrasse?
Must be five, six kilometres.
How did you know where I bought it?
- I saw you.
Oh well, I manage to get
around a little bit you know.
Just mooching about. But why
all this? Is anything wrong?
Did Rudolph want me for something?
- No.
I just thought it strange that you've
recently taken to wearing carnations.
And going so far to get them.
Nothing strange about that, surely.
Just happen to be a bit of a walker.
I took quite a long hike this
morning, as a matter of fact.
Did you see any of the air-raid damage?
No, not even a broken window.
They say there that the
damage was only slight.
They say only what
Dr Goebbels tells them to say.
What's wrong, Ilse? Did the
bombs keep you awake last night?
I was wondering all the time what
the people of London must have felt.
Isn't that rather a silly thing
to say, even to think?
Perhaps it is. But it is also honest.
My dear girl, honesty in wartime is
not the best policy by any means.
Oh, don't Keith. Don't talk like that.
Ilse .. what is the matter?
I am miserable, Keith.
This work, these lies.
Lies about everything. Lies about
our enemies, lies about each other.
Even lies about what we're fighting for.
- You're crazy to talk like that.
It is only to you.
And what makes you think that it
is safe to spout treason at me?
Very well.
Ilse ..
Let me go .. what is the use?
I cannot forget what you are.
That you are a traitor to your country.
Because you were punished,
you threw your loyalty away.
Are you trying to tell me
that you would love me ..
If you found out that I was a
bigger liar than the rest of them?
That I was a sort of
super-spy for England?
Or are you doing a little Gestapo
job for Himmler? - Keith!
Because in either case, Frulein,
Director of Radio Communications.
You're barking up the wrong tree.
After the way they treated me, do you
think I'd have any use for England?
Of for the fools that are
running her downhill?
[ Telephone ]
Ilse Von Preising.
Yes, he is.
Yes, I'll talk to him.
It's Carl Ekberg.
Hello Carl.
You must come to the Central Station.
The main waiting-room at six.
It is essential that I see you.
Well ..
- It is imperative.
The Station waiting-room at six.
Look for a nurse, in uniform,
with dark glasses.
Alright, Carl. Have it your own way.
We have time for a couple anyway.
What about Schmidt?
Arrested at noon. And Hoffman too.
And they have killed my husband.
I am sorry .. I know how
much he meant to you.
He was the bravest man I ever knew.
They rounded us all up.
I had to get you here to give you
this. There was no other way out.
Go now.
Get that message through at any cost.
When you read it,
you will see how vital it is.
What about you? Will you be
able to dodge them alright?
There is a good chance.
I'm meeting a member of the Holland
group here. Then I'll get on his trail.
He's a cripple. I'm travelling to
Holland with him as his nurse.
If we ..
What's the matter?
What is it?
I do not go to Holland after all.
In a moment, look at the door.
It is no use, Keith.
There is no way out.
I have an idea .. if they find
you next to me, it will be fatal.
Unless you go to them now,
and denounce me.
Do that at once.
- I couldn't do that.
There must be some other way.
- That message.
It means the invasion of England.
If you believe in our cause ..
Do as I say.
This will do thank you.
My nurse will be here in a moment.
Yes, mister.
May I have a word with you, Captain?
- What about?
I don't know what you are looking for,
but I've noticed something suspicious.
And I felt it my duty to inform you.
- Well, inform me.
You see that woman sitting
over there? Dressed as a nurse?
I see her. Go on.
- She is wearing a disguise.
In spite of her dark
glasses and uniform.
I'm positive that she's a woman I
met at the Ministry Of Information.
A journalist by the
name of Frau Van Leyden.
You must introduce me.
Frau Von Leyden.
Heigel, Muller. Take her away.
Come with me.
The heel .. I'd like to ..
- Take it easy Babe, take it easy.
What is your name, and what do you do?
Here is my identity card.
Why do you need to see
his card? Can't you smell?
There you are, Captain.
If you need any verification
of my credentials.
These gentlemen, I am sure,
will be happy to provide it.
Sure we will .. and here it is.
You want to prefer charges, Mr Wilson?
An utterly unprovoked assault.
No. Mr Forrester has
probably been drinking.
Come on, Babe. Come on. Come on.
May I go now? I have an important
appointment at the Ministry.
That will be alright.
You will see to these
for me, won't you, Ilse.
Hello. Von Preising here.
Yes, Herr Assistant Minister.
Wilson? I'll vouch for him personally.
But .. yes ..
If it is what you and the Minister wish,
of course. I will see to it at once.
Dolenz? This is Von Preising.
Hold that beer a few more hours.
It's probably my last order for a while.
We're cancelling the Voice of Truth
broadcast immediately.
They are suspicious of Wilson.
What nonsense.
They're wrong. I know they're wrong.
They get an idea into their heads,
the whole world has to accept it.
So .. the broadcasts are cancelled.
What happens to Keith?
- Detained, I suppose.
What does "detained" mean?
Confined to his apartment under guard
until they decide what to do with him.
I'll have him picked up.
Put that phone down.
Ilse, move back ..
Is he ..?
- No, he's alright.
He'll just have a
headache for a few days.
Did you mean what you were trying
to tell me this morning? - Yes.
But Keith, you must get away from here.
- I don't need any convincing of that.
I have the address of an
underground radio station in Holland.
It is my only chance.
- Holland?
That is where Rudolph was going.
He was just ordered there.
Oh, so that's it.
All of them crowding in for the finish.
They'll feint an invasion from
France, and launch it from Holland.
Position "A". How to block a door.
This tough-guy stuff is ersatz too.
Now look Fritzy, we're going to see
Von Preising whether you like it or not.
Now, will you move away, or do I show
you a couple of Texas-Ranger tricks?
Insolent Americans.
Oh, so she wants to play, huh?
- Now, wait a minute.
Good evening gentlemen, what is wrong?
I want to see your brother.
Please Mr Forrester.
- Hey Babe, wait a minute.
Wait, nothing! No Gestapo
is going to rough-house me.
Look, Colonel Von Preising ..
Since when have these guys had
orders to keep me out of this place?
Gentlemen, please wait outside.
Herr Wilson.
Well on you, it looks good.
Where is Von Preising?
Over there.
You're also a comedian, ain't you.
Gentlemen, please .. my brother
will see you tomorrow.
You are a trifle optimistic,
aren't you, Frulein?
Holy mackerel.
- Who did it?
I'm afraid I did.
- You did?
The boss, too.
- Or have you taken over?
For the moment.
- Is he .. is he dead?
For the moment.
This is no place for
a couple of neutrals.
Yeah, especially when one of us
ain't any too neutral anyway.
I want you to help me out.
Some other time, fellah. I don't like
the rooms in your concentration camps.
I don't like to do this to you.
It's sort of like a play.
The hero in difficulties
and needs assistance.
Tell them, Keith. They'll help us.
The fact is that I've got to get
away from here. I'm in a hurry.
I've got to get a message to England.
- I am a British agent.
A British agent?
That's one on you, isn't it.
- Why, yes.
After hearing you on air, I should have
known you were too bad to be genuine.
Yeah? What about the Van Leyden dame?
If you are a British agent,
why did you turn her in?
She knew I had to. She ordered me to.
We must hurry, Keith.
Rudolph's car is waiting.
Where does she figure?
She is Von Preising's sister.
I don't get the set up.
- There is no time for explanations now.
England is to be invaded tomorrow.
- Oh. - Please help us.
Sure. What can we do?
Stay in this room and see that Von
Preising doesn't come to for a while.
What of the guard?
He won't enter if you're
talking to my brother.
Talk loud.
- Can I get tough? - Yes.
I'll call the guard in my
office. Then you leave.
I'll join you downstairs in the car.
- Right.
Well, goodbye and thanks.
- Forget it. Chapter for my book.
Step in here a moment.
What a switcheroo.
The guy I hated most in the world and
here we are having a blood transfusion.
Would you try it this way again?
Well look here, Colonel Von Preising ..
- Let me talk, Babe!
You see Colonel Von Preising,
what Mr Forrester really means ..
What I mean is I'm tired of being pushed
around by the Gestapo and storm troops.
I admit they're great soldiers.
All fine men.
No, no! I mean, yes!
But after all, you see.
We are American citizens.
Perhaps it was better back where it was.
See that my brother is not disturbed.
He'll put the Americans in their place.
- Yes, Frulein Von Preising.
I so much admire the fine streets of
Berlin. So nice and shining and clean.
Absolutely undisturbed by bombs.
But not for long, I hope.
And the wonderful job
the Fuhrer has done.
Putting the "B" on all the little guys.
All these things Colonel Von
Preising, we've written for America.
They are good things.
And we apologize for anything we've
said that displeases the Third Reich.
But now, in all fairness.
We must insist that we should not
be treated so discourteously by you.
How would you like it, Von Preising,
if we were to try to shove you around?
If we were to try to
inflict our will upon you?
Yes. We must stand on
our constitutional rights.
Yeah, yeah.
Mr Banning and I have a combined
reader and listening audience ..
Of forty million Americans.
Is that plain, Colonel Von Preising?
This is fun.
I'd like to do this sometime
to Hitler and Goebbels.
But not Goering.
- Not Goering, no. Not Goering.
It's alright, I'm here. Now,
don't look around. Get going.
There they go .. good luck to them.
Save some of that luck.
We may need it for ourselves.
You know Babe, we're making history.
We're the advance
guard of the U.S. Army.
We ought to be near the border.
Perfectly in order,
Colonel Von Preising.
Can I do anything more for you?
No thanks. I know the road
to Rotterdam pretty well.
Hold on, Border Patrol.
The last one, sir.
It is Colonel Von Preising?
Yes, Colonel Von Preising.
Yes, sir .. but .. yes .. but sir,
their papers were in order.
Stop blabbering. Just get after them.
It is Colonel Von Preising.
Have my plane ready in ten minutes.
"Commandante, 12th Area, calling
all posts, cars and personnel."
"Attention. Attention!"
"The strictest watch is to be
kept for a black convertible."
"Military official number: A 127245."
"This car was stolen by an enemy agent,
who will be in Staff Colonel's uniform."
"And who will be representing himself
as Colonel Rudolph Von Preising."
The Americans held them
off a long time, at that.
"This man is accompanied
by a young woman."
"Who describes herself as
Frulein Ilse Von Preising."
"Assistant Director of Radio
Communications in Berlin."
"The couple will be in the car. A strict
watch must be kept for them everywhere."
"It is essential that these two
persons be apprehended."
"When found, both are
to be shot on sight."
To the right.
It says Haasdyk - 10 Kilometres.
[ Radio: ]
"Luftwaffe Station 12th
Area calling plane X4. ."
"Colonel Von Preising."
Her Von Preising receiving. Continue.
"It is reported that a car answering the
description has been seen near Haasdyk."
"Attention 12th Area."
"Border Force has just
reported car A127245 .."
"Passed into Netherlands's
territory twenty minutes ago."
"Man and woman sought were
in car, which took main road."
"Special attention Luftwaffe
Station 76, and all patrols."
"Scour this district."
Come on. Quickly.
After the fields grow,
come the lark and the wren.
After the fields grow,
come the wren and the lark.
Hurry please.
- Follow me.
Down there, please.
He has the key word and number.
My name is Keith Wilson,
British agent B625.
He lies. This is the man who
betrayed Frau Van Leyden.
I was there. I saw it.
- She ordered me to.
There is a field by the
church, sir. Shall I try it?
Yes, certainly.
Of course, this is
Frulein Von Preising.
She was a German official, but now
she is helping us .. can't you see that?
Look, no matter what you do to us after.
Let me put this message
on the air to England.
It can't possibly do any harm,
and we'll still be in your hands.
Cover all exits. Then bring
a squad and follow me.
Alright, men.
I warned you. He's betrayed us.
He is lying, lying.
If this message doesn't get through it
means the end of your country, and mine.
The end of freedom itself.
Listen .. the Gestapo has been
ordered to shoot us on sight.
Let me go out there and show myself.
You will see whether I was lying or not.
And then let Frulein Von
Preising send the message.
The woman?
Call England.
Calling the British Isles.
Calling the British Isles.
DR 35 calling British Isles.
There'll be minor attacks
all along the French coast.
But the main blow will
come from Holland.
I wonder.
We have many reports of concentrations
of barges in the Frisian Islands.
Frisian Islands?
Calling the British Isles.
Is there another way out of here?
- Yes, up there.
But surely you wouldn't try?
- I've got to.
You carry on here, and maybe
one of us can get it through.
God be with you.
Hello Daventry. Hello Daventry.
This is DR 35 of Holland,
reporting for your agent B625.
Can you hear me? Over.
Notify General Patterson
that we have DR 35 Holland.
Ready, over.
"Agent B625."
Hello .. hello .. DR 35 .. DR 35?
Come in DR 35.
All the engineer heard was a
burst of gunfire at the other end.
Looks as if the Nazis must have
got them at the sending set.
One chance in a million, I'd say.
Daventry is wide open,
of course .. oh yes.
Something big, somewhere.
Otherwise they wouldn't have tried.
Just a moment, sir. Air Marshall
Ransome on this phone, sir.
Ransome? Marston here.
I've just spoken to Patterson.
Looks as if his man was a goner,
but something is doing.
Send out every reconnaissance
plane that you've got.
Keep me posted.
Squadrons will take off in
sequence with Operation 24.
Eastern Command - reconnaissance "A".
Southern Command - reconnaissance "B".
Well, gentlemen .. you all know
that this may be the big push.
England's future is in your hands.
Luftwaffe 10 .. Luftwaffe 10.
Co-ordinates for plane BX4.
Yes, Colonel Von Preising.
- Enemy agent escaping.
Left Haasdyk.
Headed for coast .. intercept.
Flight 29 .. flight 29.
You are to intercept Staff Plane number
BX4. Heading towards coast from Haasdyk.
Repeat, "Haasdyk".
B625 calling British Isles.
B625 calling British Isles.
B625 calling British Isles.
B625 .. this is Daventry.
Hello, hello .. hello, Keith?
Hello .. come in, Keith.
Patt? Not much time.
I swiped a plane and they
are coming after me.
It's the invasion fleet.
The Frisian Islands.
What did you say? What islands?
I couldn't hear.
Keith .. come in, Keith.
I'd like to work out a bearing for you.
But it's a bit lively.
No guns on this thing.
Tell them to come over The Frisians
and look for a light, Patt.
A big light, Patt.
All the way down, Smitty.
The King has been graciously pleased
to approve the following award.
In recognition of gallantry in
operations against the enemy.
Keith Wilson recalled to active duty.
With the rank of Acting Group-Captain.
And awarded the Victoria Cross.
Sir Douglas.
0n behalf of the officers and
men of the Royal Air Force.
May I say how proud we are to share
in the honour paid to your son.