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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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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Eroi senza gloria  »

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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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Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (or The Prisoner's Hope)
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Part of a medley of Civil War songs played during the opening credits
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Union spy penetrates Confederate telegraphy office but falls for Southern belle.

This creaky old espionage flick is based on a play by William Gillette, who also wrote the popular Sherlock Holmes play. Richard Dix is suitably stoic in the lead role as the Union spy masquerading as a Confederate artillery officer from Texas. The movie is surprisingly gritty for the time. An innocent black man is hanged for spying and Dix's character's brother shoots himself to maintain Dix's cover. The racial stereotypes are broad and offensive, and the phony southern accents are thick enough to cut with a knife. Gavin Gordon, as the ruthless confederate spymaster, steals the show. William Gillette isn't Ian Fleming and Richard Dix isn't Sean Connery. This movie would be of interest primarily to those interested in William Gillette or to the fans of Richard Dix.


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