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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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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 Regan, Williams is informed that he has been engaged in a "war games" security check to test America's atomic defense, but he proves to Regan 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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48 CAUGHT IN ENEMY AGENT ROUND-UP...BUT THE 49TH HAS THE A-BOMB...and it's set to explode on U.S.soil! (original poster) See more »


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49 Men  »

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A-Bomb In A Hotrod
22 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cold War paranoia reaches its heights in The 49th Man, an obvious bow to the British film, The 49th Parallel in title. Would that this film be half as good.

A kid tooling down a New Mexico highway crashes his hotrod in the desert and gets killed. There's a strange looking object in a lead case which the local sheriff brings to the attention of local FBI guy John Ireland who in turn brings it to Los Alamos on a hunch. I guess it was handy to have Los Alamos around. Anyway it turns out to be part of an atomic bomb.

With the assignment from his superior Richard Denning, Ireland goes on a manhunt which takes him across the USA and to Montreal and Marseilles. The depth of this Red conspiracy reaches into the United States Navy and beyond. But the FBI in peace and war does its thing.

Oddly enough with the development of nuclear technology and the well documented problems today of protecting our borders, The 49th Man does have a curious relevance for today. Still it is a prime example of McCarthyist paranoia at its heights.


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