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Cloak and Dagger (1946)

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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 ...
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Gina
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Dr. Giovanni Polda
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Trenk
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
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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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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Trivia

According to the book 'The Films of World War II' by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs (1973), "This film is significant because of its attitude and treatment of the subject of nuclear weapons...In the version seen by the public the film ends with [Gary] Cooper completing his mission, rescuing the Italian scientist and accompanying him back to the Allies. He leaves Lilli Palmer behind him but it is implied he will return for her after the war. Director [Fritz] Lang has said that in the original ending the scientist dies on the plane and the British and U.S. secret service men must further pursue the Nazis. From a photo left by the scientist they surmise that the Nazis have an installation in Bavaria. They find the site has been abandoned and there is dialogue to this effect: 'Probably the plant is in Argentina now - or somewhere.' Lang has stated that the final fadeout had Cooper walking out of the abandoned cave seeing an American soldier. The sun is shining, birds are singing and Cooper says, 'This is the Year One of the Atomic Age and God help us if we think we can keep this secret from the world, and keep it for ourselves.' According to the director, the entire fourth reel was cut and probably doesn't exist any longer. He assumes that Warners cut his ending because it was too soon after the bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki." 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

Opening credits prologue: Toward the end of the war... the mountain border of Southern France. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Top Secret! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
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Music by Johann Strauß
Hummed and danced by Gina in the apartment
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An Exciting World War II Spy Movie
8 September 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Mike Burke eventually ran Ringling Brothers and then the New York Yankees. He eventually moved to his beloved Ireland where he died as I recall. Whether or not his character was in some way a model for Charlton Heston in "The Greatest Show on Earth" I know not, but he WAS the advisor for this film having been an OSS secret agent during World War Two, and this is supposedly based on his experiences. He is mentioned in the credits. Gary Cooper is his usual fine self as a professor recruited to infiltrate Europe and convince a nuclear physicist friend to defect. His adventures are a little hard to take for a mere professor but with Cooper it always works. NOTE: Marc Lawrence is fabulous as the Ovra (Italian Gestapo) agent Luigi. The hand to hand fight he has with Cooper is one of the best, most vicious, and most realistic ever filmed. It's too bad Lawrence got blacklisted during the Fifties. But catch this movie when you can.


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