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In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets her uncle to cancel Bill's orders and has him reassigned to break enemy codes. In his new assignment he becomes involved with beautiful Russian spy Olivia Karloff, who is working for the Germans, and must juggle Joel's affection and his pursuit of Karloff's connections to retrieve a stolen code book. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Bill Solves an Exciting Mystery and Wins a New Sweetheart!

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 15 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); but its New York City television premiere did not occur until Sunday 17 May 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 9 November 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

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Though set in 1917, except for a few scenes of uniformed soldiers, everyone is wearing 1930s clothing. See more »

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Remade as Pacific Rendezvous (1942) See more »

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Music by Walter Donaldson
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Spy background nicely done...curious mixture of comedy-suspense...
22 July 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

WILLIAM POWELL and ROSALIND RUSSELL have good chemistry here--although Russell gets the short end of the stick with an annoying "comic" character who disrupts everything in sight, including the plot.

The spy ingredients are nicely handled and there's a lot of behind-the-scenes decoding efforts going on in the World War I era that add interest to the storyline.

Nice to see Lionel Atwill on the good side for a change and Binnie Barnes is fine as a femme fatale heavily involved in the spy network. Cesar Romero keeps a poker-face as one of the ring members but is convincing enough in a minor role.

None of it makes for a great movie, but it passes the time quickly with an interesting glimpse of Russell before she perfected her comedy technique and Powell already at the peak of his comic timing. Cast includes Samuel S. Hinds and Charley Grapewin (Dorothy's uncle in 'The Wizard of Oz').

A rather uneasy mixture of comedy and suspense--but a stronger script would have helped considerably.


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