Cloak and Dagger (1946)

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In WW2, the Allies race against time to persuade two nuclear scientists working for the Nazis to switch sides.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Alda ...
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Ludwig Stössel ...
The German (as Ludwig Stossel)
Helene Thimig ...
Katerin Lodor (as Helen Thimig)
Dan Seymour ...
James Flavin ...
Col. Walsh
Patrick O'Moore ...
The Englishman (as Pat O'Moore)
Charles Marsh ...


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28 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A capa y espada  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Gary Cooper's role was based on the real life exploits of Michael Burke, who would later become President of the New York Yankees. See more »


Prof. Alvah Jesper: What's that?
Gina: An American Cowboy song. Don't look so funny. One of your shot-down fliers from New Arizona taught it to me.
Prof. Alvah Jesper: New Mexico.
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Opening credits prologue: Toward the end of the war... the mountain border of Southern France. See more »


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Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
Music by Johann Strauss
Hummed and danced by Gina in the apartment
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Decent Fritz Lang film
29 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For Gary Cooper, it's "Cloak and Dagger" in this 1946 film directed by Fritz Lang and also starring Lilli Palmer (in her American film debut) and Robert Alda. Toward the end of WW II, it comes to U.S. attention that the Germans are developing a nuclear bomb. The OSS recruits a midwestern university scientist, Alvah Jesper (Cooper) to go to Switzerland. There, he is to speak speak to a German scientist Dr. Loder (Helen Thimig) who has escaped to Switzerland, where she is now hospitalized. But Alvah's cover is blown, and he is being watched. In Italy searching for the scientist working with Dr. Lodor, Polda (Vladimir Sokoloff), Alvah is protected by guerrillas who include Gina (Palmer) and an American, Pinkie (Alda).

A bit slow at first, "Cloak and Dagger" picks up steam as it goes along. The most stunning scene occurs when, as a Italian sings a folk song outside, Alvah and an Italian Gestapo agent, Luigi, (Marc Lawrence) fight inside a building. And by the way, Michael Burke, the OSS member who was the film's adviser, and an agent named Andreas Diamond, showed Lang the hand-to-hand combat used in this film. Apparently, Gary Cooper had problems with the scientific dialogue (as he had problems with not understanding his speech at the end of The Fountainhead), and Warner Bros. records state this fight scene was the only one he did well. A very suspenseful, exciting, and raw scene, the best in the film. The thrilling ending is top-notch as well.

The love that develops between Gina and Alvah is poignant, and beautiful Lilli Palmer gives a fantastic performance. I agree with others, Alvah seems pretty sharp and experienced for an untrained agent. Cooper is very good in a heroic role - strong but gentle and as usual, terribly handsome.

The ending of this film was changed from an antiwar one and anti-nuclear weapons, since by the time the film was released, since the bomb had just been dropped on Hiroshima.

Well worth seeing, if not ultimate Lang.

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