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When I was a kid, I only knew Conrad Veidt in three movies: Casablanca, and Thief of Bagdad, and Dark Journey. Dark Journey used to play all the time on a local independent station who apparently had a shelf full of old 30's british movies. I just loved Veidt in Thief of Bagdad . I couldn't understand why the princess would prefer Prince Ahmed. I mean, Jaffar could turn his enemies into dogs and make a flying horse! And he truly loved the princess in his power mad way. :-) This just illustrates how Veidt could make any character fascinating. Dark Journey shows how well Veidt does in a tuxedo, oozing with urbane mysterious attractions. Everyone is very handsome in this film, lovely photography and interesting interiors, gorgoeous clothes.
Interesting Pre-GWTW Vivien Leigh Film
This rather obscure British film made in the late 1930's stars a very young Vivien Leigh in what I find to be one of her most interesting pre-GWTW roles. She plays a spy and double-agent in Stockholm during WWI, and if you've only seen Vivien Leigh in "GWTW" or "A Streetcar Named Desire" this is definitely not a role that you would envision for her. Still, she gives a typically charming performance in a complex role, and her famous poise, grace and beauty are much on display. It's also quite interesting (or disturbing!) to see her paired with Conrad Veidt of "Casablanca" fame. He's not the first actor that springs to mind as an ideal romantic lead for Vivien, but then again, his role in this film isn't typical and it actually suits him well. Most of all, this film is interesting to watch just to see the enormous potential that Vivien Leigh already possessed at such an early point in her career ... potential that would be realized more fully in "GWTW" in just a couple of short years after "Dark Journey was released. And to see the transformation in not only her appearance but also her power as an actress in that short span of time is nothing short of astounding.