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Secret Command (1944)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  30 July 1944 (USA)
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Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Sam Gallagher
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Jill McGann
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Jeff Gallagher
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Lea Damaron
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Red Kelly
Tom Tully ...
Colonel Hugo Von Braun aka 'Brownie' Brownell
Wallace Ford ...
Miller
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Max Lessing
Erik Rolf ...
Ben Royall
Matt McHugh ...
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Frank Sully ...
Shawn
Frank Fenton ...
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Charles D. Brown ...
James Thane
Carol Nugent ...
Joan
Richard Lyon ...
Paul
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Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven years, in the Seaboard Shipyards as a "pileback" in order to track down a gang of Nazi spies who are plotting to sabotage the shipyards. Jill McCann (Carole Landis),an FBI agent, poses as Sam's wife, and two children, 6-year-old Paul (Richard Lyon), and 4-year-old-Joan (Carol Nugent),complete his "cover family." THe set-up looks fishy to Jeff, and he imparts his suspicions to Lea Damoran (Ruth Warrick, the girl both brothers had courted in the old days. Meanwhile, Sam works hard and makes friends with most of the men in his crew. He gets a line on the saboteurs and one by one, their identities are revealed to him. The Nazis, led by Brownell (Tom Tully)who, in reality, is Colonel Von Braun of the German Gestapo, plan to blow up the yard while an aircraft carrier is docked there. Jeff's noisy ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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nazi | shipyard | brother | spy | german | See more »

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Adapted from the SAturday Evening Post Story "THe SAboteurs" by John Hawkins and Ward Hawkins (all poster sand print ads) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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30 July 1944 (USA)  »

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When Red Kelly (Barton MacLane) first meets Jill McGann (Carole Landis), he says, "Nice to meet you, Mrs. Kelly," which is HIS character's last name. A moment later, he calls her by her 'proper' name, Mrs. Gallagher. See more »

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Not much drama in this WWII propaganda
14 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Secret Command" wastes what must have been a fairly large budget and high-power cast on a predictable story with little suspense or drama.

Pat O'Brien is miscast in the leading man role, failing to convey the quiet masculine strength and sexuality called for here.

The home-life scenes, with the European orphans, designed to tug at our heart strings, don't quite work either, and detract from the drama of the hunt for Nazis in the shipyard. And our hero is never really put in any danger.

I have a fondness for the World War II propaganda flicks, but even I didn't warm to this one. What I generally like about the propaganda films is that they have some edge to them, since they are dealing with life and death stuff. "Secret Command" seems to go light on these elements.

A posted comment questioned "Secret Command" winning a special effects Oscar, and I found myself wondering about that as well. I concluded that the underwater shots, and the (apparent) location shots on the crane were considered "special" effects in the 1940s. (Today we assume special effects relates to only fabricated shots or images.)


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