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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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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

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
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Music by Johann Strauß
Hummed and danced by Gina in the apartment
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Unlikely OSS agent, beautiful partisan, tension all equal a solid Fritz Lang Movie--worth the viewing.
20 March 2004 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's Cloak and Dagger is a romantically cast, post WW II production that dramatizes a fictional OSS mission. It involves the attempt by the OSS to insert a physicist to learn the status of the Nazi Nuclear weapons program. It is neither realistic, factual, nor tightly crafted. But it is a fun movie, with a solid cast. Gary Cooper is perfect as the physicist turned OSS agent. He somehow brings all the experienced hand to hand combat skills and spycraft to the OSS field operations that no mid-western college professor would be expected to have. Lilli Palmer is the beautiful partisan that reluctantly falls for this sudden visitor. Alan Alda is unfortunately poorly developed in his OSS role. The smaller parts all well played. The fight scene is realistic as a life-death struggle. Pretty tough, especially for a college prof. But, the story, the setting in Italy and the sense of the race toward nuclear weaponry is compelling and interesting. And Cooper and Palmer steam! Lots of little production elements give the movie a high quality with lighting, tension, and scene settings, while others are almost low-budget (e.g., the shoot-out). A fun movie, from the low budget Republic Studio. Not a frequent play on movie channels, it is unfortunate that it dos not get more play time. Based on the stars performance and Lang's direction, this movie is worth the time to watch and the cost of the recently released (and at sale price) DVD.


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