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Secret Service (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  14 November 1931 (USA)
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Lewis Dumont, a Northern officer in the American Civil War, works undercover behind Confederate lines in an attempt to lead Southern forces away from an area in which a Northern attack is ... See full summary »

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Lewis Dumont, a Northern officer in the American Civil War, works undercover behind Confederate lines in an attempt to lead Southern forces away from an area in which a Northern attack is planned. But Dumont falls in love with a Southern girl and when she proves useful to his plan, his conscience begins to tear at him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Variety lists Gertrude Howard in the role of "Martha", but the copyright description and other sources list "Emma Reed' for that role. The actress does appear to be Howard. See more »

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Version of Great Performances: Secret Service (1977) See more »

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The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Part of a medley of Civil War songs played during the opening credits
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Below-par Civil War drama
25 July 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This Civil War spy drama is based on a stage play, and it shows. Director J. Walter Ruben eventually turned into a competent filmmaker, but at this early stage of his career he was apparently enamored of the "bolt the camera to the floor and never move it" school of directing, as this is an extremely static and stagy film. It gets a bit more mobile during the few outdoor shots, but the interior scenes must be why the term "photographed stage play" was invented: people stand around in one position, seldom move and recite their dialogue pretty much by rote. Leading man Richard Dix tries to inject some life into the dull proceedings, but the insipid dialogue, wooden supporting performances and leaden direction doom his efforts to failure.


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