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Secret Enemies (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  17 September 1942 (USA)
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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Carl Becker
Faye Emerson ...
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
Roland Drew ...
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 <>

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








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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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Written by Harry Tobias, Nick Kenny and Harold Levey
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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.

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