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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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Stars: Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak
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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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14 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Ich war eine amerikanische Spionin  »

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A soldier plays Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" as Claire and John prepare to be wedded by a Catholic priest. The Catholic Church, as well as most Lutheran churches, avoid this piece of music for wedding entrance-hymns. 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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Ann Dvorak outstanding in spy drama
15 June 2001 | by (Deltona, Florida) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story U.S. citizen Dvorak poses as a cabaret singer in Manila during WW2 to help combat a Japanese attack. Code name "High Pockets" she endures many dangers and severe punishment for the sake of her country in this tense spy story. Also impressive in the cast are Gene Evans, Douglas Kennedy and both Richard Loo and Philip Ahn performing their nasty Japanese soldier bits. However it's Dvorak who makes it all worth while. The veteran actress who excelled in such films as "Scarface" (1932), "Three on a Match" (1932), "G Men" (1935), "Our Very Own" (1950) etc. is outstanding as the American spy. Also featured in the film is the song "Because of You" which was a big hit for crooner Tony Bennett.


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