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 ...


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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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: Dr. Katerin Lodor, one of the great ones. Used to be my scientific pinup girl before Hungary sold out to the Nazis.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: 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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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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23 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper (Professor Jesper) is a nuclear scientist who is sent on an espionage assignment into Switzerland to discover and report back what progress the Nazis have made in developing an atomic bomb. It's World War II and the race is on to blow each other up. He is told that respected scientist Helen Thimig (Katarin Lodor) is to be his point of contact but his assignment turns into a rescue mission on meeting her. When this fails, he switches his focus to Italy where he links up with the Italian Underground movement in order to rescue Vladimir Sokoloff (Polda), another super-brain scientist.

The film reminded me of a James Bond style spy story. The cast are all OK and there are plenty of sequences that propel the plot forwards, although the film loses it's pace a bit with the romantic section between Cooper and Resistance fighter Lilli Palmer (Gina), which slows things down for about 20 minutes.

As regards the plot, I'm not sure it makes sense. Jesper is sent to find out information and report back, but he ends up in the front-line as a spy with a gun who has to fight and defend himself and is involved in a kidnapping plot. Totally unreal but it really doesn't matter. It's an enjoyable film with a collection of memorable sequences, eg, the French Resistance at the beginning, the scene when Cooper confronts undercover Gestapo agent Marjorie Hoshelle (Ann Dawson), the Italian Resistance and the episode in the truck, and the fight scene between Cooper and Marc Lawrence (Luigi).

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