The Crouching Beast

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.

The Crouching Beast
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Directed byVictor Hanbury
Produced byJohn Stafford
Written byValentine Williams (novel)
L. du Garde Peach
StarringFritz Kortner
Wynne Gibson
Richard Bird
Music byJack Beaver
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byDavid Lean
John Stafford Productions
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
6 January 1935
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



  1. ^ Wood p.85


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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