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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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Finnish censorship visa register number 018663. 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

Major Allen aka Allen Pinkerton: Operators 27 and 13 are not men.
'Doctor' Hitchcock: What are they, mules?
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Referenced in Uncivil Warriors (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleepy Head
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by The Mills Brothers
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When Marion Comes Marching Home Again
31 August 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

During the United States Civil War, singer Marion Davies (as Gail Loveless) is recruited to become a spy for the North. Darkening her skin and hair, speaking in husky drawl, and codenamed "Operator 13", Ms. Davies becomes the "Negro" maid working for Katharine Alexander (as Pauline "Operator 27" Cushman). While in her African guise, Davies meets handsome young Gary Cooper (as Jack Gailliard), a confederate spy. Believe it or not, romance ensues…

Davies found her niche in a series of fine late 1920s silent comedies. Then, she braved a successful, albeit shaky, transition to talking films. But, by "Operator 13", Davies was back in the inappropriate film rut earlier represented by films like "Janice Meredith". This was the type of film sponsor William Randolph Hearst seemed to want for Davies, and she did not learn how to market herself honestly. It gets better after Davies washes the black paint off her face. George Folsey's photography received an "Academy Award" nomination. And, The Mills Brothers are wonderful.

**** Operator 13 (6/8/34) Richard Boleslawski ~ Marion Davies, Gary Cooper, Jean Parker, Katharine Alexander


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