Jules Dassin made his feature directorial debut with Nazi Agent, a spy melodrama, which was one of the successful films produced by Dore Schary as head of production at MGM’s “B” unit.
The timely, suspenseful tale, penned by Paul Gangelin and John Meehan, Jr., based on an idea by Lother Mendes, contrasts national loyalty with blood relationships.
Mostly known for playing secondary, villainous roles, Conrad Veidt ("Casablanca") is here center stage. Playing a dual role, Veidt portrays both a loyal German-born American and his twin, a Nazi official who forces sibling into aiding a group of German spies. By necessity, the good brother kills his evil one, and then impersonates him in order to get secrets about the spies and their dangerous operation.
Dassin would excel later in the decade in directing some excellent noir film ("Night and City"), before being blacklisted during McCarthy's political witch hunting.
Produced by Irving Asher.
Directed by Jules Dassin.
Screenplay by Paul Gangelin and John Meehan, Jr., based on an idea by Lother Mendes.
Release date: June 14, 1942