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Federal Fugitives (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 March 1941 (USA)
Spotting a man in Washington D.C. that he thinks looks like Otto Lieberman, a fugitive that caused a plane crash that killed eight people, government-agent James Madison manages to identify... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Capt. James Madison / Robert Edmunds
Doris Day ...
Rita Bennett
Victor Varconi ...
Otto Lieberman aka Dr. Frederic Haskell
Charles C. Wilson ...
Bruce Lane (as Charles Wilson)
George M. Carleton ...
Henry Gregory
Frank Shannon ...
Col. Hammond
Lyle Latell ...
Chuck - Chauffeur / Valet
Marcia - Lane's Sister
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
Hobbs - Lane's Butler
Frank Moran ...
Ox - Chuck's Pal


Spotting a man in Washington D.C. that he thinks looks like Otto Lieberman, a fugitive that caused a plane crash that killed eight people, government-agent James Madison manages to identify him by his fingerprints on a water-glass without Lieberman's knowledge, and learns his address after having his regular cab-driver, Chuck, follow him. Lieberman is now calling himself Dr. Frederic Haskell and working with Bruce Lane on a scheme to gain control of Henry Gregory's aircraft plant. Gregory has invented a casting-process that uses plastic for some of the parts in an airplane. Gregory was not building "all-plastic" airplanes. Learning the Lieberman and Lane have met with Gregory, Madison also meets him and asks that he be introduced to them as Robert Edmunds, Gregory's partner in Los Angeles. Lane is a shady-lobbyist who employs Rita Bennett, who is not an operative for a spy ring, on a part-time basis to flatter and distract politicians and businessmen. Rita is a good girl at heart ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

29 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Internationa Spy  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial USA telecast Monday 29 January 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »


Set in Washington, DC during the night on the town montage with Hamilton and Day at the 25.11 time mark Times Square is seen in the background. See more »

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Federal agent Neil Hamilton goes undercover to nail a foreign agent
22 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Neil Hamilton, born in my home town of Lynn, Mass., had a long and successful career. He's best known for his Commissioner Gordon in the Batman series of 1966-68. He had an excellent voice, delivery, articulation and stage presence. Here he's assisted by Lyle Latell, playing his chauffeur and valet. Latell also had a lengthy career playing many small parts. You'll recognize him when you see him.

The movie in terms of plot and tense situations is something of a precursor to a spate of noir undercover movies from around 1949, but of course this is a much more sparse production (being PRC) with no time even for photographic elements that enhance the story. There is one decent montage when Hamilton takes his hostess, Rita, on a whirl of night clubs. Rita is played by Doris Day (not the singer). Her movie career ended in 1943, not due to any deficiency. She does a good job here, as does everyone else.

The story moves right along with a high dose of suspense. Hamilton spots a supposedly dead fugitive and has him followed. The man, a murderer (Victor Varconi), is attempting to divert a nifty new airplane away from U.S. hands into his own. Hamilton goes undercover, posing as a business partner of the manufacturer. Doris Day is there to soften him up so he'll go for the deal and turn over a 51% interest and control.

The possibilities of being discovered and the dual undercover work make for suspense. Latell provides critical assists.

I didn't expect high production values, so that was no problem. The plot was a very pleasant surprise. The pace was brisk and the acting carried it. The only irksome negative occurred in two scenes near the end, and that was music that fit the scenes so badly that it seriously detracted from the suspense. The print has a few problems but they are minor. There is a jump or two near the outset, and later there are some frames with quite a few lines through them. Most of the print is OK.

I liked this movie.

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