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Foreign Agent (1942)

 |  Drama  |  9 October 1942 (USA)
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Hollywood starlet foils an Axis plot to sabotage the L.A. infrastructure.

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John Shelton ...
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Mitzi Mayo
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Okura
George Travell ...
Nick Dancy
Patsy Moran ...
Joan Collins
Lyle Latell ...
Eddie McGurk
Hans Schumm ...
Dr. Werner
William Halligan ...
Bob Davis
Kenneth Harlan ...
George McCall
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Stevens
Boyd Irwin ...
Elliott Jennings
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Carl Beck
Fee Malten ...
Anna (as Faye Wall)
Edward Peil Sr. ...
Robert Nelson (as Edward Peil)
Paul Bryar ...
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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SMASH SPIES! They're here...deadly, ruthless...attacking our home front! See more »

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In the film, the recorded instructions to Axis espionage agents were concealed on a record called "To a Water Lily", billed as a "piano solo by Eddie Kay". Edward J. Kay (nicknamed Eddie) was the musical director on this film. 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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Operation Water Lily
25 November 2008 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** One of the 350 movies and TV shows directed by the legendary William "One-Shot" Beaudine in being that he never re-shot a scene no matter how bad it was. "Foreign Agent" has to do with this group of Nazi spies working right out of Hollywood who are trying to get their hands on this blueprint of a defused military search light. The search light will be able to spot and detect enemy planes and at the same time not give away its position. Thus preventing it from being blown to pieces by the attacking war planes when they get sight of it.

The Nazi Agents lead by American hoodlum Nick Dancy and his Japanese cohort Okura break into the hotel room of Hollywood studio electronic expert Mr. Mayo ransacking the place after murdering him and, by hanging Mayo from the ceiling lamp, making it look like a suicide. For all their hard and murderous efforts Dancy & Okura fail to find Mayo's important blueprint of the defused search light in that he never had it with him in the first place. Being chewed out by their boss head Nazi Spy Dr. Warner for screwing everything up the two decide to track down Mayo's daughter Mitzi whom their sure, and right for once, has the blueprint in her possession.

Trying to fill up some one hour of screen time were made, among other things, to sit through a boring fight scene that really has nothing to do with the movies, thin as it is, storyline involving Mitzi's friend and roommate Joan Collins and her hard headed as well as hard drinking boyfriend Eddie McGurk. It turns out that the Nazis mistaking Joan, who was driving Mitzi's car, for Mitzi mugged her and stole Joan's $10.00 engagement ring given to her by Eddie! How the Nazis could mistake a cheap ring, that looked like it came out of a box of Crackerjack, for a search light blueprint is never made clear in the movie!

Later when Eddie confronts the two Nazi Agents at a local bar he has it out with them in the most exciting, if you can call it that, scene in the film. The hard hitting Irishman's boxing ability resembled that of the swishy and cream puff style of "Slapsy Maxie" Rosenberg then that of the explosive one two combination knockout punches of Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis!

Were also given to understand in how successful the Nazi Agents are in a newsreel involving an attack on a, what seems like , American convoy in the North Atlantic. This is all done so haphazardly that you have no idea who not only the good and bad guys are but aren't really sure in what ocean, the Atlantic or Pacific, the action is taking place in!

As you would expect it's the Nazis headed by Dr. Warner who end up fumbling the ball, or search light, and end up getting caught red handed by the FBI and local police. Not only is Dr. Warner on the outs with the US Government, facing a quick trail and execution for espionage, but his fellow Nazis as well. That's in Dr. Warner being set up, by Mitzi and her boyfriend Jimmy, in framing him in secretly turning his by now very confused and disoriented fellow Nazis Spys over to the US Military Authorities.

The future "My Little Margie" Gale Storm, as Mitzi Mayo, is about the best reason for watching this mess of a movie. Gale not only does a fairly good job of acting but sings the films two songs:"Down Deep in my Heart" and the patriotic and butt kicking, for the boys on the front lines, "Taps for the Japs".


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