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Joe Smith, American (1942)

 -  Drama  -  February 1942 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 <alagain@aol.com>

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The movie was one of ten selected by the East and West Association to be sent to asian countries as "most representative" of American life. See more »

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America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the melody from "God Save the Queen" by Henry Carey (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
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Sung a cappella by the school children
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A gripping thriller with some interesting plot twists
18 May 2004 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie in about 40 years but it scared the daylights out of me as a kid. To me Robert Young was Jim Anderson, the exemplary dad of Father Knows Best. So it was really disturbing to see him captured by enemy agents and tortured. I don't remember what they did to him but it was terrible. It seems like they smashed his fingers with pliers. Another cool aspect of this movie is the way Robert Young was able to remember the way to the enemy agents' hideout by sound, even though he was taken there blindfolded. To this day I try to listen to what things sound like whenever I am traveling some place, in case I have to go back there again.

This movie also has an excellent visual texture to it -- shot in black and white with terrific use of shadows, sinister bad guys in dark clothing, bulky old cars.


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