MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 15,895 this week

I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  5 May 1951 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 414 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 10 critic

In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (article), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 7102 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 4532 titles
created 30 Sep 2013
 
a list of 318 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
 
a list of 95 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)

I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of I Was a Communist for the FBI.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oskar Homolka
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart
T-Men (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Wallace Ford, Alfred Ryder
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond
Decoy (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash.

Director: Jack Bernhard
Stars: Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Robert Armstrong
Shoot to Kill (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman apparently marries a corrupt deputy D.A. to get evidence that a certain criminal was framed for murder.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Russell Wade, Luana Walters, Edmund MacDonald
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones
The Burglar (1957)
Film-Noir | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers
I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

US Treasury agent George Morton persuades convicted criminal Johnny Evans to help him destroy a drug smuggling ring in exchange for early parole.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Howard Duff, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Lovejoy ...
Matt Cvetic
...
Eve Merrick
...
Mason
James Millican ...
Jim Blandon
Richard Webb ...
Ken Crowley
Konstantin Shayne ...
Gerhardt Eisler
...
Joe Cvetic
Edward Norris ...
Harmon (as Eddie Norris)
Ron Hagerthy ...
Dick Cvetic
Hugh Sanders ...
Clyde Garson
Hope Kramer ...
Ruth Cvetic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Lenard ...
Wife (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

The FBI infiltrates one of their agents in the US Communist Party. This causes big problems in the normal life of the agent. Nobody knows that he is with the FBI, neither his family. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Saturday Evening Post serial that jolted millions! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Am fost un Comunist in slujba FBI-ului  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Communist Party USA was established in 1919. In 1921 it changed its name to The Workers Party of America. It was banned in 1954 by an act of Congress (the Communist Control Act of 1954). At its peak in 1944 the membership rose to 80.000 members but by mid-1950s it dropped to only 5000 members, including 1500 FBI informants. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film there's a shot at an airport where we see planes moving outside a window. The outside shot is flipped: the "PAN AMERICAN" logo on the side of the plane is backwards. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Fifties: The Fear & the Dream (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
It's over the top, but interesting. BTW, there were Commie Spys..
31 May 2009 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

Yes, it is over the top.

Yes, it is one-sided.

But for people to deny that Communists were infiltrating positions of influence is just wrong headed revisionism.

Cvetic was a real person. He did infiltrate the CPUSA. He did testify against the CP. It is hard to know just what is true and what isn't because BOTH sides, Hoover's FBI and the Liberal revisionists keep spinning their own version.

But after the fall of the USSR, the KGB files affirmed that there were many successful infiltrations and manipulations of the media and govt. It's just straight facts.

Klaus Fuchs, The Rosenbergs, Alger Hiss are just a few examples.

It is terrifying how the younger generations are ignorant or misinformed about the past. What will they say about 9-11 in 50 years?


18 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD now available directly from Warner's webpage! simonhowson
Nominated for DOCUMENTARY Oscar!?! Sillyhuron
Discuss I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?