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Navy Secrets (1939)

A Navy officer is assigned to break up a spy ring within the service itself.



(story "Shore Leave"), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Carol Mathews - Posing as Carol Evans
C.P.O. Steve Fletcher - Posing as Steve Roberts
Nick Salado - Café Owner
Cronjer - Spy Ring Chief (as William von Brincken)
CPO Jimmy Woodford
George Sorel ...
Slavins - Spy Ring Member (as George Sorrell)
André Cheron ...
Joe Benji - Spy, Bar-Owner
Fletcher - Posing as Peter
Captain Daly - Navy Intelligence Officer
Duke York ...
Babe - Henchman
Arthur Housman ...
Pickpocket - Posing as a Singing Drunk
Navy Captain


Due to the work of a Naval-intelligence officer, Carol Mathews, posing as Carol Evans, Chief-Petty-Officer Jimmy Woodford is arrested and charged with selling military secrets to agents of a foreign government, via the ruse of buying-and-selling foreign postage stamps. Chief Petty Officer Steve Fletcher, posing as Steve Roberts is assigned to find the members and leader of the gang by delivering an envelope to them with the explanation that Jimmy asked him to do so as a favor as Jimmy was spending a few days in the brig for being A.W.O.L. Steve Fletcher/Roberts has no idea of where to start other than knowing the name of Jimmy's girl-friend. But Navy "intelligence" neglects to inform him that the "girl-friend" is also an agent working undercover. He contrives to meet her accidentally at a show-shine stand with an explanation that he is a buddy of Jimmy's, and have her take him on Jimmy's usual route. She agrees, and they start at Nick Salado's café, have a fine grilled-fish dinner but... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

8 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Planos Secretos  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Los Angeles Saturday 24 December 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4) and in New York City Tuesday 28 February 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Keep it a secret if you see this
25 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Navy Secrets is an illustration of how low certain players can fall in terms of box office draw. At one time at the beginning of sound both Grant Withers and Fay Wray were featured in A films. Of course everyone knows that Fay Wray reached the heights in King Kong's gigantic paw in 1933. Now six years later she and Grant are starring in a C picture film for Monogram as a pair of naval intelligence agents trying to break up a spy ring.

According to this story the Navy in its infinite wisdom decides not to tell each other that the person they are working with is also an agent. The bad guys are after some new Naval sounding device and they are certainly Teutonic enough in keeping with the times. The spy ring operates out of Dewey Robinson's waterfront café.

Years ago Huntz Hall told a story that at Monogram when Sam Katzman needed to get a film under budget he just randomly ripped out a few pages from the script and the director just shot what was left. I got that impression watching Naval Secrets, I had to make many connections in my mind to follow the story and in some cases just gave up trying.

There is one funny scene where Withers and Wray keep trying to get rid of this annoying kid who is riding his bicycle and won't give them any privacy. It looked like it was grafted in from another film. I think I would like to have seen that film instead.

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