Three Faces East (1930 film)
|Three Faces East|
|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Daryl Zanuck|
|Written by||Arthur Caesar|
Oliver H. P. Garrett
|Based on||Three Faces East (play)|
by Anthony Paul Kelly
|Music by||Paul Lamkoff|
|Edited by||William Holmes|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.|
Three Faces East is a 1930 American Pre-Code film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Constance Bennett and Erich von Stroheim. Produced by Daryl Zanuck and released by Warner Brothers it is based on a 1918 Broadway play about World War I spies, Three Faces East. It was filmed as a silent in 1926. A later remake starred Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay in British Intelligence.
The story takes place during World War I. The action opens on a French battlefield. After meeting with German spy Schiller Blacher (Erich von Stroheim), Z-1 (Constance Bennett) is sent on a mission to England. The action then moves into the London home of Sir Winston Chamberlain (William Holden- no relation to the 1950s star of the same name). Sir Winston does not know that his supposedly faithful butler, Vardar, is actually Blacher. When Z-1, as Frances Hawtree, arrives at the home, Vardar, who is in love with her, believes her to be a loyal German agent, but things turn out otherwise when she prevents him from sending a stolen code back to Germany and thus reveals her true allegiance.
- Constance Bennett as Frances Hawtree/Z-1
- Erich von Stroheim as Valdar/Schiller Blecher
- Anthony Bushell as Captain Arthur Chamberlain
- William Holden as Sir Winston Chamberlain
- William Courtenay as Mr. Yates
- Crauford Kent as General Hewlett
- Charlotte Walker as Lady Catherine Chamberlain
- Ullrich Haupt as Colonel
- Paul Panzer as "Kirsch" the Decoy
- Wilhelm von Brincken as Captain Kugler
The film survived complete. It was transferred into a 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in 1956-1958 and shown on television. A 16mm copy is housed at the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research. Another print exists at the Library of Congress.
- Three Faces East as produced on Broadway at the Cohan and Harris Theatre and the Longacre Theatre respectively, beginning August 13, 1918, 335 performances, imdb.com; accessed August 10, 2015.
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, copyright 1971
- [https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wcftr/title.asp?film_id=35410 Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research; Feature Film Database:Three Faces East]..Retrieved July 19,2018
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, by The American film Institute, c. 1978