Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 18, 1937

Lancer Spy (20th Century-Fox). Versatile Gregory Ratoff, who does not speak very good English but knows a great deal about making films, has a four-way contract with 20th Century-Fox to act, write, direct, supervise. Lancer Spy finds him a director for the first time, and he has contrived a swift, suspense-crammed screen translation of Marthe McKenna's thriller.

To link the World War background of Lancer Spy to the present, Director Ratoff employs the flashback technique—what they like to refer to as "narratage" on the Fox lot. The chief character is portrayed by George Sanders,...

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