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Foreign Agent (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 October 1942 (USA)
Hollywood starlet foils an Axis plot to sabotage the L.A. infrastructure.

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Mitzi Mayo
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Okura
George Travell ...
Nick Dancy
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Joan Collins
Lyle Latell ...
Eddie McGurk
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Dr. Werner
William Halligan ...
Bob Davis
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George McCall
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Stevens
Boyd Irwin ...
Elliott Jennings
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Carl Beck
Fay Wall ...
Anna (as Faye Wall)
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Robert Nelson (as Edward Peil)
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Jerry the bartender
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Hollywood starlet Mitzi Mayo gets involved in a plot to steal her late father's searchlight filter plans. She joins forces with her friend Jimmy, who is working for the government. Together they manage to foil a German-Japanese plot to obtain the blueprints and to support a planned Japanese bombing of Los Angeles. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 19 June 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Taps for the Japs
Written by Bill Anderson
Performed by Gale Storm at the Harbor club
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About what you'd expect from a cheap-o wartime B-movie.
1 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Let's cut to the chase--this is a cheap and rather dopey film. This isn't exactly a surprise, as it's from Monogram Studios--a production company that specialized in making low-budget B-movies. Occasionally, their Bs were pretty good--but often they were just quickly made and dreary....and "Foreign Agent" is clearly in the latter category. Plus, like so many of the wartime films, it has all the jingoistic clichés you'd expect.

The film begins with a bang. In a well-conceived and filmed opening scene, a dead man is found hanging in an apparent suicide. Naturally, it's really a murder and Axis agents are behind this because they wanted to steal this man's invention. What follows are tons of Nazi and Japanese agents in America that look JUST LIKE Nazi and Japanese spies!! They are about the most unsubtle lot you could imagine and I almost expect one to look just like Hitler!! In addition, like many Bs, there are supporting characters tossed in for laughs who aren't the least bit funny nor the least bit believable. Subhuman, perhaps...but not the least bit believable.

The bottom line is that unless you really like bad B-movies, there are thousands of better made films from the era that clearly would be more interesting and entertaining than this film. Not horrible but also not good at all apart from the opening scene.


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