Fraulein Doktor


1h 44m 1969

Brief Synopsis

During World War I, British Intelligence is hot on the pursuit of "Fraulein Doktor", an expert and elusive German spy, who thwarts them in every attempt to get to her.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gospodjica Doktor--pijunka bez imena, Nameless, The Betrayal
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 14 May 1969
Production Company
Avala Film; Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

One night during World War I a German U-boat lands three people in the Orkney Islands. When two are captured, Colonel Foreman of British intelligence tricks one of them, Meyer, into revealing that the third person landed was an infamous German spy known as Fraulein Doktor, whose mission is to kill British Field Marshal Lord Kitchener. Fraulein Doktor learns that the field marshal is aboard the H.M.S. Hampshire , and the Germans sink the ship, killing Kitchener and the 700 men aboard. Her mission completed, Fraulein Doktor injects herself with morphine. Meyer, meanwhile, has told Foreman about another of Fraulein Doktor's deeds: disguised as a housemaid, she won the confidence of Dr. Saforet, the French lesbian inventor of a powerful poison gas formula; murdered her; and stole the formula for the Germans. Colonel Foreman sends Meyer back to Germany as a counterspy, and Colonel Mathesius, the German spy chief, having discovered the plan, encourages Meyer to kill Fraulein Doktor. Although Meyer is attracted to the beautiful spy, he carries out his assignment and returns to England. The Fraulein's "death," however, has been staged by the Germans, and she is already at work on a two-fold suicidal mission. She poses as a Spanish aristocrat and dupes the Belgian ambassador into allowing her to organize a Red Cross train to aid wounded Allies at the front; then smuggles aboard four spies to steal Allied offensive plans from a Belgian chateau. Meanwhile, Colonel Foreman has begun to suspect that Fraulein Doktor is not dead, and he takes Meyer along with him to investigate the hospital train. Though Meyer recognizes Fraulein Doktor in her nurse's uniform, he has become too infatuated to expose her, and her mission is a success. The Germans make use of the stolen plans to launch a counterattack against the Allies employing the insidious poison gas. After the German victory Colonel Foreman and Meyer arrive at a railway station where Fraulein Doktor is treating wounded soldiers. Foreman realizes that he has found the infamous spy, but he is shot dead by Meyer, who, in turn, is killed by a German patrol. Fraulein Doktor laughs maniacally and then breaks into sobs. Meyer's death, her addiction to morphine, and her fanatical patriotism have taken a heavy toll.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gospodjica Doktor--pijunka bez imena, Nameless, The Betrayal
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 14 May 1969
Production Company
Avala Film; Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Reportedly inspired by the exploits of Anna Maria Lesser. Location scenes filmed in Yugoslavia and Hungary. Released in Yugoslavia in February 1969 as Gospodjica Doktor-¿pijunka bez imena. Rome opening: 1969 as Fräulein Doktor. U. S. prerelease titles: Nameless and The Betrayal.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 1969

Released in United States Spring April 1969