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The House of Intrigue (1956)

Londra chiama Polo Nord (original title)
A British radio operator is captured in occupied territory and forced to send messages back to London endangering allied forces.


Duilio Coletti


H.J. Giskes (novel), Duilio Coletti (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Curd Jürgens ... Colonel Bernes (as Curt Jurgens)
Dawn Addams ... Mary
Folco Lulli ... King Kong Kaarden
René Deltgen ... Hermann (as Rene Diltgen)
Dario Michaelis Dario Michaelis ... Captain John Guinness (as Dario Michaels)
Albert Lieven ... Matt
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Mark Landers
Lauro Gazzolo Lauro Gazzolo ... Colonel Richardson
Matteo Spinola Matteo Spinola ... Chris
Ludovico Ceriana Ludovico Ceriana ... Herbert
Christopher Hofer Christopher Hofer ... Felix (as Chris Hofer)
Alphonse Mathis Alphonse Mathis ... Mac
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Henry (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Stephen Garret Stephen Garret ... Wilhelm
Edith Jost Edith Jost ... Gerda


A British radio operator is captured in occupied territory and forced to send messages back to London endangering allied forces.

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Release Date:

15 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Excelsa Film See more »
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Color (Ferraniacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Incredible as it may seem, this story is true.

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Murky potboiler
11 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE HOUSE OF INTRIGUE is a WW2 spy thriller based on the true story of a British agent who ends up being captured by the Nazis and forced to broadcast messages back to his allies back home, thus leading many men into a trap. The film is centred around a gruff but kindly performance from Curd Jurgens as the fatherly Nazi officer who may be the one good German in the whole of their army.

The film itself is an Italian production directed by Duilio Coletti, a rather old fashioned guy who had been working since the 1930s. Well-paced it isn't; the plot is jumbled and needlessly complex, with far too many extraneous figures taking centre stage, and there's a definite lack of real protagonists. The best thing about it is probably the downbeat, deeply pessimistic climax.

Dawn Addams (later of Hammer's THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) is the female of the piece, about the only distinguished role in the whole thing (apart from Jurgens). The TV print I watched of this movie was pretty horrendous, which may have affected my enjoyment of the film somewhere. I suspect a book retelling the same story would have been more interesting.

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