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Secret Agent of Japan (1942)

Passed | | Mystery, Romance, Thriller | 3 April 1942 (USA)
Kay Murdock (Lynn Bari) strolls into the Dixie Bar in Shanghai on November 1, 1941 and asks the bartender for a letter addressed to Captain Larsen, and is referred to Roy Bonnell (Preston ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Kay Murdock
Fu Yen (as Sen Yung)
Alecsandri (as Steve Geray)
Kurt Katch ...
Capt. Larsen
Hermine Sterler ...
Mrs. Alecsandri
American Naval Captain
Leyland Hodgson ...
English Secret Service
Leslie Denison ...
English Secret Service


Kay Murdock (Lynn Bari) strolls into the Dixie Bar in Shanghai on November 1, 1941 and asks the bartender for a letter addressed to Captain Larsen, and is referred to Roy Bonnell (Preston Foster), the manager of this combination bar and gambling house. He refuses to turn the letter over to her and she steals it. Bonnell later recovers the letter which contains a coded note. Kay reveals she is an agent of the British Secret Service. Bonnell, a fugitive from American justice, says he will turn over the note to the highest bidder. When he approaches the Japanese, they seize him but he escapes, after learing that the note was part of an alarm for Japanese fifth columnists everywhere after the attack on Pearl Harbor that has just been set in motion. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

3 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agentes secretos del Japón  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


THe movie went into production the night of 8 December 1941, one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 20th-Century/Fox head Darryl Zanuck wanted his studio to be the first to deal with the Japanese sneak attack on film. Within a matter of weeks, the film was in theaters where it became a box office smash, much to the dismay of critics. See more »

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Good Movie
6 December 1999 | by (Columbus,Ohio) – See all my reviews

I viewed this movie for the first time today and thought it was a fast moving little thriller.The acting was very good by Lynn Bari and Preston Foster. All of the supporting actors also did an admirable job.

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