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Toward the end of World War II, the allied secret service receives a partial message indicating that the Germans are researching nuclear energy to build atomic bombs. In Midwestern ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Robert Alda ...
Lt. Pink
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Gina
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Dr. Giovanni Polda
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Trenk
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Ann Dawson
Ludwig Stössel ...
'Fritz' - Gestapo at Bar (as Ludwig Stossel)
Helene Thimig ...
Katerin Lodor (as Helen Thimig)
Dan Seymour ...
Marsoli
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Luigi
James Flavin ...
Col. Clem Walsh
Patrick O'Moore ...
The Englishman (as Pat O'Moore)
Charles Marsh ...
Erich
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Burke ...
OSS Agent (scenes deleted)
Robert Coote ...
Cronin (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Toward the end of World War II, the allied secret service receives a partial message indicating that the Germans are researching nuclear energy to build atomic bombs. In Midwestern University, the scientist Alvah Jesper is called up by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to meet his former colleague Dr. Katerin Lodor in Switzerland and bring her to North America. However, his mission fails and Dr. Lodor is killed by the Nazis but first she informs that Alvah's acquaintance Dr. Giovanni Polda is working for the Nazis in Italy. Dr. Jesper travels to Italy and with the support of the Italian partisans leaded by Pinkie and Gina, he has a meeting with Dr. Polda that is under the surveillance of the Gestapo. The scientist tells him that his daughter Maria had been abducted by the Gestapo and Alvah makes a deal with Dr. Polda, promising to release Maria first and bringing them to North America. While Pinkie travels to rescue Maria, Alvah stays with Gina and they fall in love for each ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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italy | gestapo | switzerland | scientist | oss | See more »

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RELENTLESS SUSPENSE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

28 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A capa y espada  »

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Trivia

A twenty-six episode radio serial of the same name was produced by NBC in 1950. The radio show was also suggested by the Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain book that was the inspiration for this film. The radio program commenced by Raymond Edward Johnson asking the question, "Are you willing to undertake a dangerous mission for the United States knowing in advance you may never return alive?"[ See more »

Goofs

Just after the Hijacking, Dabney Coleman tells the airport detective on the phone he's a Staff Sargent (E-5) at the nearby Air Force Base. He is clearly seen with Master Sargent (E-9) stripes on his epaulets. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits: This picture has been inspired by the amazing achievements of the OSS, but no part of it is intended as a portrayal of actual events. The story, names, characters and events depicted are wholly fictitious. If there is any similarity between them and any persons, living or dead, or any events which may have happened, it is entirely coincidental. See more »

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Spoofed in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Hummed and danced by Gina in the apartment
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Fritz Lang spy-thriller
14 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have a sort of mission to track down and see all of Fritz Lang's American movies and welcomed the opportunity to watch this post Second World War Drama starring Gary Cooper. The film has its longueurs but on the whole tells a good story and contains at least one memorable set-piece by the great director.

Cooper's Hollywood roles tended to fall into two broad categories - shy bumbling whiter-than-white innocents ( see "Mr Deeds...", "Meet John Doe" or "Ball Of Fire") or calm, grace-under-pressure heroes like here. For me he does both equally well and while you can see that the man has aged as he enters the twilight of his career, he still carries off with aplomb the lead role. He also convinces in his relationship with his younger love interest, Lilli Palmer, who besides her good looks, displays maturity and sensitivity in her role as a behind-the-lines Resistance fighter.

The story has an almost topical theme too, the race to the Atomic bomb and Coop's character gets in a hefty diatribe early on about the perverse uses that science is being put to by men, before he's drafted by an old comrade, now in the American secret service to attempt to rescue a, pair of fellow-scientists from enforced collaboration with the Nazis.

For me the story hangs together well, the acting as indicated, is good and the cinematography throughout is fine. The story does drag a bit in the middle as Cooper and Palmer start to get to know each other but is enlivened by the memorable "dirty-fight" between Cooper (and Palmer) with a pursuing enemy agent. No hay-maker punches here with enhanced sound effects, instead the fight encompasses face-gauging and finger bending before erstwhile peace-loving scientist Cooper dispatches his protagonist by strangulation. Lang then piles on the suspense with a scene reminiscent of "M" as a little boy's ball innocently bounces to where the fresh corpse lies, threatening discovery only for Cooper to quickly improvise a cover-up. The fight scene (indeed some of the plot elements too) surely entered Hitchcock's thoughts when he produced his 1960's Cold War thriller "Torn Curtain".

Lang also doesn't shirk the brutalities of war, for instance the German nurse's brutal slaying of elderly, maternal scientist number one and the casual announcement later by a female Nazi agent that the second scientist's kidnapped daughter has also been cold-bloodedly slain.

On the whole a good solid movie, not without faults but another worthy entry on my Lang-watch list.


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