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While America Sleeps (1939)

 -  Crime | Short  -  15 April 1939 (USA)
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An episode in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Dave Miller, an aircraft plant worker, is actually selling secret bomber plans to foreign agents. United States Intelligence Department agents... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Purcell ...
Dave Miller (as Richard G. Purcell)
Lenita Lane ...
Mary Miller
Egon Brecher ...
Klaus
Frederick Vogeding ...
Spy Chief (as Fred Vogeding)
Roland Varno ...
Spy Henchman
Richard Lane ...
Agent Carmichael
Paul Stanton ...
Arthur A. Sears
Steve Pendleton ...
George (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Barton
Robert Winkler ...
Bill Miller
John Hamilton ...
Chief of Intelligence
Phillip Terry ...
MGM Crime Reporter
Richard Tucker ...
Air Force Colonel
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An episode in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Dave Miller, an aircraft plant worker, is actually selling secret bomber plans to foreign agents. United States Intelligence Department agents plan to trap him and the spies he works for. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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15 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay No. 22: While America Sleeps  »

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OK "Crime Does Not Pay."
4 April 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Fred Zinnman manages a slight shift in emphasis and gets a quite lively ending intercutting the fifth columnists' factory fire (cf. the one in his STUFFIE) with the punch-up between Purcell and the government agent. Otherwise it's clearly part of it's series.

The several thousand fold increase in WW2 spy activity in "a country whose sole intention is to stay at peace in a troubled world" means agent Lane and his men must foil Brecher, Vogeding and Varno's dastardly plot to sneak the latest American aviation engineering abroad.

Family man Purcell lives in the MGM tract home with wife Lane and their child but he's taking cash on the side for the photos of blueprints he makes with a borrowed camera. The spy team want the new bomb site, demonstrated with aviation stock footage in front of a terrible photo mural. Fat chance with US agents on their tail.

OK entry in this atitudinizing series.


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