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Director:
Writers:
Albert Maltz (screenplay) and
Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 September 1946 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
RELENTLESS SUSPENSE! (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Toward the end of World War II, the allied secret service receives a partial message indicating that... See more » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Decent Fritz Lang film See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Prof. Alvah Jesper
Robert Alda ... Pinkie

Lilli Palmer ... Gina
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Polda
J. Edward Bromberg ... Trenk
Marjorie Hoshelle ... Ann Dawson
Ludwig Stössel ... The German (as Ludwig Stossel)
Helene Thimig ... Katerin Lodor (as Helen Thimig)
Dan Seymour ... Marsoli

Marc Lawrence ... Luigi
James Flavin ... Col. 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)
Vernon Downing ... British Sergeant (scenes deleted)
Ross Ford ... Paratrooper (scenes deleted)
Holmes Herbert ... British Officer (scenes deleted)
Clifton Young ... American Commander (scenes deleted)
John Bagni ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Lex Barker ... Man Rescued at End (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Inspector (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... German (uncredited)
Hella Crossley ... Rachel (uncredited)
Elvira Curci ... Woman in Street (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... First Nurse (uncredited)
Carl Deloro ... Ovra Man (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Second Nurse (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... French Wireless Operator (uncredited)
Eric Feldary ... German (uncredited)
Bruce Fernald ... Walsh's Assistant (uncredited)
Art Foster ... Canadian Commander (uncredited)
Richard Fraser ... British Submarine Skipper (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Henry Guttman ... German (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... British Commander (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Janitor (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ... Canadian Runner (uncredited)
Bruce Lester ... British Officer (uncredited)
Lynne Lyons ... Woman in Bank / Double (uncredited)
Rory Mallinson ... Paul (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... French Spy (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... German Agent (uncredited)
Marie Monteil ... Nun (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Pietro - Radioman at Hut (uncredited)
John Mylong ... German Captain (uncredited)
Lillian Nicholson ... Nun (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Waiter (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Punaro - Owner of Hut (uncredited)
Ramon Ros ... Driver (uncredited)
John Royce ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Bobby Santon ... Italian Boy (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Italian Soldier (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German Agent (uncredited)
Dan Sheridan ... British Adjutant (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Ovra Man (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... German (uncredited)
Lotte Stein ... Loder's Nurse-Guard (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Lingg (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... German (uncredited)
Regina Wallace ... Cashier (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... American Sergeant (uncredited)
Douglas Walton ... British Pilot (uncredited)
Leo White ... Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... Switchman (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... American Officer (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Albert Maltz (screenplay) and
Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay)

Boris Ingster (original story) and
John Larkin (original story)

Corey Ford (suggested by the book) and
Alastair MacBain (suggested by the book)

Produced by
Milton Sperling .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Christian Nyby 
 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford (set decorations) (as Walter Tilford)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Bill Cooley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Eddie Voight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
Walter Douglas .... assistant props (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Harry Barndollar .... special effects director
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects
 
Stunts
Lynne Lyons .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Cairns .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pat Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green .... second camera (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Henry Field .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
Michael Burke .... technical adviser
Polly Craus .... script clerk (uncredited)
Andreis Deinum .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Office of Strategic Services (OSS)  this picture has been inspired by the amazing achievements of, but no part of it is intended as a portrayal of actual events (as the OSS)

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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) (1998) (2008) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #11630) | West Germany:12 (f)

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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 »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Top Secret! (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Decent Fritz Lang film, 29 September 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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