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Ordinary women, extraordinary courage in World War II drama ‘A Call to Spy’

Just like riding a bike: Sarah Megan Thomas wrote, produced and stars in the fact-based "A Call to Spy." Thomas plays Virginia Hall, one of the first female British spies stationed in Nazi-occupied France. <span class="copyright">(IFC Films)</span>
Just like riding a bike: Sarah Megan Thomas wrote, produced and stars in the fact-based “A Call to Spy.” Thomas plays Virginia Hall, one of the first female British spies stationed in Nazi-occupied France. (IFC Films)

It couldn’t have been comforting for a few civilian women in World War II-era England to learn the spy agency they’d just been recruited to was run by people who were figuring it out as they went. But extraordinary times call for extraordinary people to measure their courage against the scourge of Nazi occupiers in France.

Based on real events and people, “A Call to Spy” is about early female agents in the Special Operations Executive, a hastily organized British spy agency. A key officer operating without a rank, Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), finds two unusual candidates to go undercover in France: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas) and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte). Virginia

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