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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
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Doctor Hitchcock
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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
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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

This film's initial television presentation took place in Philadelphia Friday 29 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was first telecast 11 March 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). Because of its age and obscurity, and certain pre-code aspects of its story, other major market telecasts eluded it at this time, but it's now in the Turner Classic Movies inventory and vintage film enthusiasts welcome its occasional airings on TCM. 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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Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
(1863) (uncredited)
Written by Louis Lambert
(Pseudonym for Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore)
Played as background music at Major Allen's headquarters
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Bogus, big budget Hollywood history
10 February 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Marion Davies is unbelievable as a spy behind Confederate lines who falls for Confederate spy Gary Cooper.

The black stereotypes are normal for the time, but now hard to take. The main interest to me are the women's costumes by Andre, especially those in the ball scene.


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