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Joe Smith, American (1942)

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Complete credited cast:
Joe Smith
Mary Smith
Harvey Stephens ...
Freddie Dunhill
Johnny Smith
Jonathan Hale ...
Blake McKettrick
Noel Madison ...
Don Costello ...
Joseph Anthony ...
William Forrest ...
Russell Hicks ...
Mr. Edgerton
Mark Daniels ...
William Tannen ...


Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to get him to betray his country. He escapes and leads the FBI to his captors. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cumpre o Teu Dever  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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America, My Country Tis of Thee
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the melody from "God Save the Queen" by Henry Carey (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
In the score during the opening credits
Sung a cappella by the school children
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Robert Young stars as patriotic American who knows how to keep secrets...
5 November 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptionally well-written and directed B-film from MGM directed in crisp, tense style by RICHARD THORPE.

ROBERT YOUNG is at his most affable best as a typical young man of the '40s era who is sought by the government to work on plans for a new bomb-sight design which he must keep top secret. Spies kidnap him and it's while he's being held hostage that he forces himself to remember how he met his wife (MARSHA HUNT) and there are a series of homespun scenes with Young and his son, DARRYL HICKMAN.

But even though loaded with flashbacks, Thorpe keeps the action and suspense alive by cutting back and forth between those scenes and clips of his brutal torture by the spies. Fortunately, he keeps his wits about him and is able to recall various things about the hiding place and his captors that help the FBI capture them in the end. A clever series of incidents leads to the manner in which he's able to lead them to the hideout.

Well done in crisp style with Robert Young and Marsha Hunt making an attractive pair in the leading roles. Darryl Hickman is effective as the son who has a secret of his own that he's unwilling to tell.

Well worth watching as a bit of American propaganda at the outset of WWII.

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