A scientist invents a television device called the Iconoscope. Foreign agents hear about it and try to steal it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Lawson
James Llewellyn
Dick Randolph
John Eldredge ...
Reni Vonich
Minor Watson ...
Burton Lawson
Carl Venner
William Sheldon
Harry Payne
Olaf Hytten ...
Wagner - Llewellyn's Butler
Hilda Plowright ...
Amelia Sheldon
Ottola Nesmith ...
Caroline Sheldon


It's 1939. The scientist Douglas Cameron invents a television device called the "Iconoscope". With the Iconoscope television broadcasts can be send across the country. However, Cameron finds himself pursued by international spies. Eventually the enemy succeeds in stealing the plans. But in the end, Cameron gets them back and even falls in love with Gwen Lawson, the daughter of his former partner and rival Burton Lawson. Written by Robert

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Release Date:

20 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Espionagem por Televisão  »

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Experimental television station W6XYZ, located on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission in 1939. It went on the air in 1942. In 1947 it was licensed for commercial broadcasting as KTLA. See more »

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Inventors doing their stuff for their country
13 August 2008 | by (Adelaide, South Australia) – See all my reviews

Interesting, if not entirely factual, early hi-jinks with the production of the television.

The inventors in this case are going forward with the purpose of producing a finished article suitable for use by the USA military, with the intention to donate it to their government, an understandable theme for the movie considering it was made in 1939.

Naturally an assortment of very interested characters are portrayed, ranging from the bitter scientific rival, his slightly ditsy daughter, all the way to the surprise Nazi agents and their costly thugs.

Anthony Quinn makes the most of his part as one of those thugs, whose motto may well be that no task is too dirty if there is money involved, the more money, the more he'll enjoy the task.

Watch it for a bit of casual entertainment, lasting just under an hour, it's perfect for that time inside out of the weather, but don't expect too much, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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