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Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring.

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Elsa Gebhardt
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Charles Ogden Roper
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Col. Hammersohn
Lydia St. Clair ...
Johanna Schmidt
William Post Jr. ...
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Harry Bellaver ...
Max Cobura
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Adolf Lange
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Conrad Arnulf
Charles Wagenheim ...
Gustav Hausmann
Alfred Linder ...
Adolf Klein
Renee Carson ...
Luise Vajda
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Storyline

Preface: a stentorian narrator tells us that the USA was flooded with Nazi spies in 1939-41. One such tries to recruit college grad Bill Dietrich, who becomes a double agent for the FBI. While Bill trains in Hamburg, a street-accident victim proves to have been spying on atom-bomb secrets; conveniently, Dietrich is assigned to the New York spy ring stealing these secrets. Can he track down the mysterious "Christopher" before his ruthless associates unmask and kill him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A terror more deadly than murder! See more »


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10 September 1945 (USA)  »

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Now It Can Be Told  »

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Trivia

The campus building depicted as the place where Dietrich graduated is actually Altgeld Hall on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. 294 miles from Columbus, OH. See more »

Goofs

When the agents are preparing to do the first survey of the house they are wearing CD (Civil Defense) arm bands on their right arms. The next scene shows them approaching the house and the arm bands are now on their left arms. See more »

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Narrator: The Germans felt that Dietrich was an extremely valuable man... so did the FBI.
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Opening credits are shown as someone flipping through the pages of a file. See more »

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Good Period Piece
9 February 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The highly gifted natural and trained talent of Lloyd Nolan adorns this story of espionage and counterespionage in the US just prior to and after WWII was declared.

Playing a key FBI agent, Nolan displays the totally convincing work he rendered throughout his career. He heads a strong cast: Signe Hasso and Leo G. Carroll offer solid performances, and William Ethye is a good leading man.

Director Henry Hathaway mixes in authentic newsreel footage with care and balance. The result is a well done docudrama of the mid 40s.

It looks as though 20th Century Fox made a pact with the FBI for this project, with almost the complete Bureau being utilized for the shoot. The films emerges as a supreme tribute to the branch, with Chief Hoover's name frequently in evidence.

The work technically qualifies as propaganda, in which patriotic appreciation and support for the war effort is forthrightly projected.


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