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Secret Service (1931)

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Complete credited cast:
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Frederick Burton ...
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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 <>

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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Eroi senza gloria  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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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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24 July 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Important only as a record of a real turn of the century barnstormer, a theatrical chestnut concocted by William Gillette, the man who brought Sherlock Holmes to the stage. A compact civil war drama that can be played in front of a bare minimum of sets, its story twists and turns in on itself basically getting down to the dilemma of a Union spy-duty or love. Though he is exposed nearly from the beginning the story oscillates between a will he or won't he conundrum which fills out the running time. Two gruesome deaths seem to effect the main protagonists not at all. Still an authentic glimpse of what the American public considered fine entertainment and serious theatre from a different time. As hokey as the tale seems today it was reprised in 1977 by PBS as a vehicle for Meryl Streep and John Lithgow ?!!. As far as the Civil war goes it has not a shred of authenticity in its bones. Best performance is by Florence Lake, in blackface, as a slave.

Previously filmed by Famous Player Lasky in 1919, this hammy play was revived no doubt because it was something from new RKO studio head David Selzick's childhood.

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