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I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  5 May 1951 (USA)
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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.

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

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5 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Am fost un Comunist in slujba FBI-ului  »

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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 »

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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 »

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balderdash !!
2 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm tired of people coming up with the idea of communism being a harmless little flirtation.

It was a serious threat to America and our way of life for many years. I spent many years of my life to defeat it. To minimilize the threat of communism is nothing but sophistry and needs to be called such.

The movie needs to be seen as such, as did the TV series which I remember from my younger years.

Is communism good? Look at what it has done ... it builds walls to keep people in. There are only two countries that still practice it ... China and Cuba. Does that say anything?


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