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State Department: File 649 (1949)

U.S. Foreign Service officer matches wits with a Chinese warlord to try to save American citizens threatened with execution.

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(as Peter Stewart)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Lundigan ...
Ken
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Jonathan Hale ...
Director-General
...
Consul Reither
Richard Loo ...
Marshal Yun Usu
Philip Ahn ...
Col. Aram
Raymond Bond ...
Consul Brown
Milton Kibbee ...
Bill Sneed
Victor Sen Yung ...
Johnny Han
Lora Lee Michel ...
Jessica
John Holland ...
Ballinger
Harlan Warde ...
Rev. Morse
Carole Donne ...
Mrs. Morse
Barbara Woodell ...
Carrie
...
Mongolian Spy (as Robert Stephenson)
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Kenneth Seeley, member of the U. S. State Department's Foreign Service Bureau, and Marge Weldon, a morale worker with the bureau, are assigned to an area in Mongolia dominated by an outlaw warlord. The latter captures the village where they reside and when escape is clearly impossible, Seeley blows up the outlaw's headquarters, losing his own life in doing so. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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11 February 1949 (USA)  »

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File 649: State Department  »

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Fortune Cookie Theater
3 November 2015 | by (Beverly Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

Bill Lundgren is forced to be the "army, navy, and marines" all rolled into one as he infiltrates the underground in communist China.

After learning how to be a good spy, Lundy literally bumps into pretty Virginia Bruce, whom also is a trainee in Washington. Our heroes part, but re-emerge in one another's company when serving in Peking. Frank Ferguson tags along as Lundy's boss. Fine veteran actor Joe Crehan plays a U.S. government official.

Fun at the start with some interesting narrative background concerning the Department of State, though things slow down a bit as the film progresses to the eastern hemisphere.

Worth a look as a period piece from the prime of the Cold War.


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