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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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The characters of Robert Nelson and Elliott Jennings were based on real-life traitors Robert Noble and Ellis Jones, who worked together in an organization called "Friends of Progress" and staged a mock impeachment trial of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that was still going on when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Ultimately both men were arrested and convicted under a California state law calling for the registration of subversive organizations. See more »

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California Under Attack
20 January 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Two American couples defeat Axis plans to relay military intelligence to off-shore subs.

This Monogam programmer was made right after the start of WWII. What surprises me is that the Nazis and Japanese are not as caricatured as I would expect. They're more scheming than malevolent, though Okura (Lebedeff) grunts more than he speaks. That's probably because Lebedeff had trouble with Japanese inflections.

Anyway, if you can figure out how the message interception method works, you're smarter than I am. Note too how the blue-collar duo of Collins (Moran) and McGurk (Lytell) do the gritty barroom fighting. That prefigures Hollywood's heightening of the common man's role in defeating the Axis. Then too, there's that soapbox speech from an apparent isolationist who wants the US to steer clear of war. Isolationism from European wars was a controversial topic of the time. Here, however, it's used as part of a Nazi plot. But maybe most telling of the time are the very real fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast, following their success at Pearl Harbor.

Good thing that Gale Storm is cast. She sparkles, as usual, while the rather homely Moran also shows engaging personality. Together, they lift the energy level beyond the colorless leading man (Shelton). Then there's the climax that's so sudden and flat, it's like Monogram ran out of film, which they probably did. Anyway, the movie remains an interesting little time capsule, livelier than the usual poverty row product.


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