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The 49th Man (1953)

Passed  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  20 May 1953 (USA)
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U.S.Security Investigation Division chief Paul Reagan (Richard Denning) assigns John Williams (John Ireland) to hunt down a subversive group that has been smuggling A-bomb parts into the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Investigator John Williams
Richard Denning ...
Chief Investigator Paul Reagan
Suzanne Dalbert ...
Margo Wayne
Robert Foulk ...
Cmdr. Jackson
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Lt. Magrew (as Touch Conners)
Richard Avonde ...
Buzz Olin
William Bryant ...
FBI Agent in Montage (as William R. Klein)
Cicely Browne ...
Blonde Woman
Tommy Farrell ...
Agent Reynolds
Joseph Mell ...
Box of Taffy Man at Penn Station
Robert Hunter ...
Andy - alias Andre, an agent
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Leo Wayne
George Milan ...
Dave Norton
Geneviève Aumont ...
Cabaret Singer
Chris Alcaide ...
Agent Manning
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U.S.Security Investigation Division chief Paul Reagan (Richard Denning) assigns John Williams (John Ireland) to hunt down a subversive group that has been smuggling A-bomb parts into the United States in specially designed cases. Williams traces the ring to Marseilles, France, where he meets Margo Wayne (Suzanne Dalbert) at a waterfront café and discovers she is part of the plot. When recalled by Reagan, Williams is informed that he has been engaged in a "war games" security check to test America's atomic defense, but he proves to Reagan that enemy agents are actually using the "war games" as a front to smuggle an A-bomb into the country. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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CAN AN ENEMY A-BOMB BE SMUGGLED INTO THE U.S.A.? (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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20 May 1953 (USA)  »

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49 Men  »

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Although the film is taking place in contemporary 1953, vintage stock footage of San Francisco is of an earlier era, about fifteen years previous, revealing pre-WWII automobiles and streetcars all of which had long since disappeared by the time the film was made. See more »

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"B" grade espionage thriller is of mild interest.

Federal agents get wind of a nefarious plot by enemy agents to smuggle components of an atomic bomb into the United States. The enemy agents plan to then assemble it and blow up a major American city. The feds try to hide the fact that they have captured several of the smugglers in order to find the meeting place and capture the ring leader.

This "B" grade thriller is of interest for its moderately interesting plot. John Ireland gives a good performance as a federal agent determined to catch the enemy agents. Everything else is pretty standard.


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