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Federal Fugitives (1941)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  29 March 1941 (USA)
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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 <>

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29 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Internationa Spy  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Que Sera Sera
21 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Federal Fugitive starts out with an interesting plot premise, Neil Hamilton from Army Intelligence recognizing through a disguise a wanted fugitive who was supposed to have been killed in a plane crash. Victor Varconi is of course up to no good.

In his current guise Varconi is trying to buy into an airplane factory which is now making parts from plastic. Some foreign soon to be enemies would like to get their hands on that. Hamilton goes undercover as the factory owner's partner from California who none of them have seen.

Still Varconi is suspicious and he gets his partner to get girl Friday Doris Day to charm some information out of Hamilton. Failing that Varconi tries to poison Hamilton.

Doris's switching of sides was a little too convenient and terribly unconvincing. Add to that the general shoddiness of a PRC film and this falls on the red side of the ledger.

And this is not THE Doris Day who would make her film debut seven years later. So if you were expecting a song, all I can say is Que Sera Sera.

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