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The Secret Four (1939)

The Four Just Men (original title)
Approved | | Thriller, Drama, Mystery | 21 April 1940 (USA)
The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they ... See full summary »

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Hugh Sinclair ...
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James Brodie
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James Terry
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Ann Lodge
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Sir Hamar Ryman
Basil Sydney ...
Frank Snell
Lydia Sherwood ...
Myra Hastings
Edward Chapman ...
'B. J'
Athole Stewart ...
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Inspector Falmouth
Arthur Hambling ...
Benham
Garry Marsh ...
Reporter
Ellaline Terriss ...
Lady Woolford
Percy Walsh ...
Prison Governor
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The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they consider themselves to be true patriots. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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"We strike tonight!" (1940 USA changed-title poster)


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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are fictional. Any similarity to any incident, name or individual is coincidental. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: Regensberg 1938 See more »

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Rhodes of Africa
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Music by Hubert Bath
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Fun 1930's spy thriller with good romance
1 April 2017 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a fast-moving thriller with a lot of merit. Anna Lee shines in her role as a young woman reporter in London, who's eager to get on a crime beat, and in particular to investigate the "Four Just Men," a secret quartet of vigilantes who dispense their own justice, up to and including the coup de grace, to baddies. Her scenes in the newsroom with an editor and another reporter are fun to watch.

The film benefits from the presence of other fine British actors. Francis L. Sullivan, an A-1 performer who appeared in the 1940s classics "Oliver Twist and "Great Expectations," has a big part here. The film has good banter between Anna and Griffith Jones; they were also paired in "Young Man's Fancy," that same year. You can tell money was spent on this production: the scenes in Parliament look very authentic, and the exterior of Parliament too. All the sets are very good with a nice 1930's feel. There is a great print of this film on Ealing Studios Rarities Collection, vol. 2. It's pal format, so you'll need a region free DVD player if you're in the USA, like me.


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