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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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Cast overview:
Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips
Cpl. John Boone
Sgt. John Phillips
Col. Masamato
Leon Lontoc ...
Chabing ...
Philip Ahn ...
Capt. Arito
Marya Marco ...
Nadine Ashdown ...
Dorothy Fuentes
Howard Chuman ...
Fred Revelala ...
Zig Zag (as Freddie Revelala)
James B. Leong ...
Ho Sang
Mark W. Clark ...
Himself / Authenticator in Prologue (as General Mark Clark)


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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Release Date:

14 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ich war eine amerikanische Spionin  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Mrs. Claire Phillips' (Ann Dvorak) code-name was 'High Pockets'. See more »


Bridal Chorus
(from the 1850 opera "Lohengrin")
Written by Richard Wagner
[Played on harmonica by soldier at wedding in jungle]
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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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