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Operator 13 (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | History | Romance  -  8 June 1934 (USA)
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Union spy Gail Loveless impersonates a black maid in the early days of the Civil War, but complications arise when she falls in love with a Confederate officer.

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Captain Jack Gailliard
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Eleanor Shackleford
Katharine Alexander ...
Pauline
Ted Healy ...
Doctor Hitchcock
Russell Hardie ...
Lieut. Gus Littledale
Henry Wadsworth ...
John Pelham
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General Stuart (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Willard Robertson ...
Captain Channing
Fuzzy Knight ...
Private Sweeney
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Major Allen Pinkerton
Robert McWade ...
Colonel Sharpe
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Shackleford
Wade Boteler ...
Gaston
Walter Long ...
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Gail Loveless, a spy known as Operator 13 working for the Union and Federal cause during the Civil War, posing as a Confederate woman named Anne Claybourne, meets and falls in love with Confederate Captain Jack Galliard. Dusguised as an octoroom maid at a Confedarate military ball, she learns and relays secrets to the Union forces that are devastating to the Rebel cause. Assigned to the case to track down and kill the spy maid, Galliard learns she is also the woman he loves, but proceeds with his assignment. He captures her but is in danger of being captured himself as Federal forces are approaching. Gail/Anne saves him and they part to wait until peace comes to resume their romance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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8 June 1934 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Curly Howard of The Three Stooges played the part of a Confederate Soldier in this film, most of his part was cut prior to release. However, he can still be seen briefly in one sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Gail takes an oath, she raises her right arm in the traditional manner, but in the next shot, it has turned into a salute. See more »

Quotes

Captain Jack Gailliard C.S.A.: You know, Lucille, some day that snoopy little nose of yours is gonna lead you right into trouble.
Gail Loveless: No, sir, but if it do, these feet of mine are gonna get me right out.
[laughs]
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Referenced in Uncivil Warriors (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Once in a Lifetime
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Marion Davies
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Oh lawdy, I shaw do loves me sum dem fiiiine movies!
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll give this move one thing-- it's pungent enough to cease being background noise and have me watch it. Other reviewers have explained the not-at-all intricate plot so I won't rehash it here (I'm a spy for the union, but I've fallen in love with a rebel!) but suffice to say, it's 80 minutes of disposable dialog and wooden acting interspersed with songs about "jungle fever" and "darkies in de Congo." Oh, and Marion Davies' terrible blackface disguise and scenery-chewing acting.

This is a fine example of the time when movies were churned out like stamped sheet metal. It has worth if one considers using it as a part of a larger effort to explore historical depictions of race in American cinema, but otherwise it's a waste of time-- and an offensive one at that.


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