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13 Rue Madeleine (1947)

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When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.



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Documentary-style prologue follows training of O.S.S. agents for WWII work behind enemy lines. One of the group is a German "mole;" leaders Gibson and Sharkey are aware of this and scheme to feed him false info about the invasion of Europe, while the real agents go to France to find a secret V-2 rocket depot. But the German spy outsmarts them and rejoins his people knowing too much; Bob Sharkey takes the risk of going in after him. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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3 March 1947 (Sweden)  »

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James Cagney at one time was the highest ranking Caucasian Black-belt in Judo and displayed a little of his expertise in the early part of this movie. He demonstrated first hand to the agents in training how to properly roll head over heels on on a mat. He said to "slap" the ground to lessen the impact. This is probably the first lesson learned in Judo training. Mr. Cagney really showed his Judo training in another movie, "Blood on the Sun" in which he battles the villain in hand to hand combat in a wharf-side warehouse. This scene alone is worth seeing him in action without a stunt double. See more »


In the French village, Cagney originally appears with a .45 automatic. Next he carries a large revolver, then the automatic. When he is involved in the shootout, he uses the revolver. See more »


Charles Gibson: I don't want to send you.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: I've been working hard. I need the change.
Charles Gibson: You won't come back.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: [Gibson drops his eyes] I've just discovered something about you.
Charles Gibson: What?
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: You're a worrier.
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Prologue, shown printed in a book: No single story could ever pay full tribute to the accomplishments of the U.S. Army Intelligence in World War II. Working secretly behind enemy lines, in close cooperation with our Allies, its brilliant work was an acknowledged factor in the final victory. The page turns to reveal: In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field - - and, whenever possible, at the actual locations. See more »


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Unlucky number 13 in war
22 November 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

The story of an early OSS operation where the US is trying to destroy German missile targets positioned in Nazi controlled France, which are aimed at the British coast. The mission depends on the operators finding Duclois, the French designer of the missile sites. The operation is led by Bob Sharkey, who is to train the right people to accomplish the job. One of those people, O'Connell, is actually a trained Nazi double agent Kuncel, who is to learn where and when the Allied Second Front is to take place. Despite given false information about the front, O'Connell discovers that he is suspected and kills Lassiter, the agent assigned to spy on him. Since he is the only person who knows the details of the original plan, Sharkey takes Lassiter's position, despite knowing that if he is caught, the Nazis will use any means to get information out of him. Very gritty, documentary style tale of counter intelligence in action. Hathaway creates much suspense and crafts the twists and turns into the story with no slow spots. Cagney abandons his Warner Brothers gangster persona, yet keeps his tough guy character in a role commanding authority. Fine support from Conte (very sinister as O'Connell/Kuncel), Annabella, Abel, and Jaffe. Rating, 9.

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