The Crouching Beast

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The Crouching Beast
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Directed by Victor Hanbury
Written by
Produced by John Stafford
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by David Lean
Music by Jack Beaver
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release dates
29 August 1935 (London)
6 January 1936 (UK)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Crouching Beast is a 1935 British war thriller film directed by Victor Hanbury and starring Fritz Kortner, Wynne Gibson and Richard Bird. It was shot at Welwyn Studios with sets designed by the art director Duncan Sutherland. [1] Based on the novel Clubfoot by Valentine Williams, the film was distributed by the Hollywood studio RKO Pictures in order to fulfil its British quota. However it was considerably more expensive than many of the quota quickies produced by American companies during the era.



In 1915 during the First World War, a British secret agent is killed while stealing secret Turkish plans for the Gallipoli Campaign but manages to pass his information to an American journalist. Travelling to Constantinople she manages to make contact with the British network, but the ruthless head of Turkish intelligence is close on her trail.


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  1. Wood p.85