Secret Enemies (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  17 September 1942 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 75 users  
Reviews: 5 user

A lawyer becomes a government secret agent after an agent-friend of his is murdered, and discovers a nest of Nazi spies operating out of a former client's hotel.



(screen play)
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a career criminal is recaptured and knows he faces the guillotine, he offers to exchange his life for 100 hostages slated for execution by the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Paul Lukas, Lucile Watson
Heat Wave (1954)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sidney James
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An American tank crew fights its way into Germany in World War II.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Steve Cochran, Philip Carey, Mari Aldon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Captain Wade Hunnicutt is the wealthiest and most powerful citizen in his Texan town; he is also a notorious womanizer, which has turned his wife Hannah against him. She has brought up ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard
Bataan (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from ... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Confederate veteran living in the Yankee North struggles with his son's shock induced muteness and the hate of the Northerners.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, Dean Jagger
Souls at Sea (1937)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Gary Cooper, George Raft, Frances Dee
Earthquake (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemmed murderer (Grainger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft
Crime Wave (1954)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk
Mirage (1965)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A New York man suffers amnesia. He soon learns that he's mixed up in a life-and-death situation, but what exactly is it?

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Craig Stevens, Elisabeth Fraser, Julie Bishop


Complete credited cast:
Carl Becker
Paula Fengler
John Ridgely ...
Agent John Trent
Charles Lang ...
Agent Jim Jackson
Robert Warwick ...
Otto Zimmer, alias Dr. Woodford
Henry Bremmer
Rex Williams ...
Hans, the Bellhop
Counter-Espionage Man
George Meeker ...
Rudolph Dietz, Desk Clerk
Fred Blosser, Chauffeur
Addison Richards ...
Chief Agent C.G. Travers
Cliff Clark ...
Detective Capt. Jarrett
Monte Blue ...
Hugo Mehl, the Doorman


Carl Becker, a young attorney becomes a counter espionage agent after an agent friend of his is murdered. He doesn't realize that the girl, Paula Fengler, with whom he is deeply in love, is a member of a clever group of Nazi spies led by Dr. Woolford. He learns her true identity, and arrests her and traps the entire gang at the same time. The information he has allows a U.S. patrol boat to sink a Nazi submarine that had been offshore waiting for instructions from the saboteurs. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Beautiful But Beware!...many a lovely faces hides an enemy heart! (original poster) See more »








Release Date:

17 September 1942 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A nitrate print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation. See more »


At the start of the film, Carl Becker and Henry Bremmer are traveling at speed in a 1939 Buick. When chased by a cop, who ends up escorting them to the airport, the car has transformed into a 1941 model. See more »


'Tis Autumn
[Played by nightclub orchestra]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Frantic Fighting the Nazis Stateside Film…Short and in Hyper-Drive
6 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

December 8, 1941 is the date as the Movie begins...

and Paced Like Lightning, this WB B-Movie Makes for Some Interesting Stateside Wartime Intrigue as the Nazi Spies are Up to Their Evil Deeds in the Heart of New York City. There are Some Heil Hitler and Heavy Accents but, Obviously, Since this is Spy-Stuff, No Swastikas or Paraphernalia to Be Seen.

Craig Stevens, Leads a Game Cast as All are in Hyper-Drive to Catch These Vermin and the Film Never Lets Up from the Opening Set-Up as Frank Reicher is Blackmailed Into Helping the Nazis Because He Wants to Get His Sick Wife Out of Germany Before Hitler Declares War.

There are Gas Masks, Poison Vapors, Blackouts, Fisticuffs, and Gunplay, Along with Government Agents Doing Pushups Getting in Shape Quickly to Go Up Against the "Master Race".

The Film is So Short and Full of Energy that One Can Feel the 1942 Angst Dripping from the Screen. It is Not So Much Propaganda as a Starting Gun Rallying the Citizens with this Frantic Film.

It's Got a Good Cast, but Faye Emerson is Wasted. Also of Interest is a Look at Some of the "New" Technology that was Being Brought Out for the World War. Secret Radio Broadcasts, Submarines (off the East Coast), Hidden Gas Pellets as well as Undercover Infiltrators Working as Doormen, Chauffeurs, and Maybe Even Torch Singers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Secret Enemies (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: