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Operator 13 (1934)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 8 June 1934 (USA)
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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(as Richard Boleslavsky)

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(screen play) (as Harvey Thew), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Captain Jack Gailliard
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Eleanor Shackleford
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Pauline
Ted Healy ...
Doctor Hitchcock
Russell Hardie ...
Lieut. Gus Littledale
Henry Wadsworth ...
John Pelham
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General Stuart (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Captain Channing
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Private Sweeney
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Major Allen Pinkerton
Robert McWade ...
Colonel Sharpe
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Shackleford
Wade Boteler ...
Gaston
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Storyline

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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Spy 13  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Harmonica player Larry Adler took offense when casting director Ben Piazza asked him to play Stephen Foster melodies off-screen in a scene involving a black child. The socially conscientious Adler felt it would further contribute to racial stereotyping. 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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Connections

Referenced in Uncivil Warriors (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

There's Someone Dreaming Tonight
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by the soldiers in Richmond
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American civil war spy drama
23 October 2000 | by (luton, england) – See all my reviews

I came across this movie by accident and found a strong drama about people involved in espionage on different sides of a civil war

dated of course, with assumption no thinking person would accept today, over dramatic? but very much in the style and mood of its age

one well worth watching if you are able to watch movies outside of modern style and ethics


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