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I Was an American Spy (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 14 April 1951 (USA)
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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Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips
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Cpl. John Boone
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Sgt. John Phillips
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Col. Masamato
Leon Lontoc ...
Pacio
Chabing ...
Lolita
Philip Ahn ...
Capt. Arito
Marya Marco ...
Fely
Nadine Ashdown ...
Dian
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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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Based on the Reader's Digest sensation that gripped the heart of the nation! See more »

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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. There could be no other reason for director Lesley Selander to use a woman other than Ann Dvorak, who played Claire, 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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Seeking biographical info on "High Pockets" Claire Phillips
18 February 2009 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Does anyone have biographical information on Claire? Her birth name was Claire Snyder. Anything you have will help, such as birth date/place, parents, siblings, etc., as well as what happened to her after her book "I Was an American Spy" was published? In the 1950s, she was remarried, with the surname Clavier.

I've found a speech by Senator Wayne Morse (he was an Oregon Republican who became an independent in 1952, then switched to the Democratic Party in 1955) about Claire Phillips Clavier (at a rough guess about 80% of the people with that surname are from Louisiana).

I also found a studio synopsis of the movie. Based on that, Boone is John Peyton Boone (then a corporal).

Claire's book "Manila Espionage" is out of print, and very difficult to find.


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