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I Was an American Spy (1951)

 -  Biography | Drama | War  -  14 April 1951 (USA)
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Begins in documentary style when U. S. Army General Mark Clark authenticates Claire Phillips' adventures and achievements, as an American citizen who rendered invaluable services to her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
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Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips
Gene Evans ...
Cpl. John Boone
Douglas Kennedy ...
Sgt. John Phillips
Richard Loo ...
Col. Masamato
Leon Lontoc ...
Pacio
Chabing ...
Lolita
Philip Ahn ...
Capt. Arito
Marya Marco ...
Fely
Nadine Ashdown ...
Dian
Lisa Ferraday ...
Dorothy Fuentes
Howard Chuman ...
Kamuri
Fred Revelala ...
Zig Zag (as Freddie Revelala)
James B. Leong ...
Ho Sang
Mark W. Clark ...
Himself / Authenticator in Prologue (as General Mark Clark)
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Begins in documentary style when U. S. Army General Mark Clark authenticates Claire Phillips' adventures and achievements, as an American citizen who rendered invaluable services to her country in Manila during the Japanese occupation, and at the end, when she is presented a medal by a Presidential representative: Claire Phillips, a café entertainer in Manila, marries a U.S. soldier on December 8, 1941, after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, and when he is killed fighting the Japanese invasion of the Phillipines, she returns to her calling as a means of obtaining and transmitting to the American and Filipino guerillas information, supplies and services which the Filipino underground uses in its aid to the Allied forces fighting the Japanese invaders. She has narrow escapes from detection and detention, until she is finally exposed as a spy, arrested, convicted and imprisoned. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The startling TRUE story of America's "Mata Hari" of the South Pacific! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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14 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Ich war eine amerikanische Spionin  »

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It would seem evident that the woman decorated at the end of the movie was the real Claire Phillips. Three could be no other reason for director Lesley Selander using a woman other than Ann Dvorak in this scene. See more »

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O Sacred Head Surrounded.
Text: Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877), 1861, after Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153) and Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676).
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), arranged Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750)
Translator: Henry Williams Baker (1821 - 1877)
[Played at resolution of the narrative]
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This is a good movie about a real life character. It has to be viewed in the context of the time. It was shortly after the war and the wounds left by the Japanese treatment of prisoners of war were still deeply felt. Some of the acting is a little over the top by today's standards. But, watch it, and try to imagine going through what these people (the allied POW's) went through. I enjoyed it. And I appreciate their sacrifice.


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