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The 49th Man (1953)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 20 May 1953 (USA)
During the Cold War, the Defense Department's War Games team smuggles 48 nuclear bomb parts into the USA to test the nation's readiness for a subversive attack but an unexplained 49th bomb part mysteriously shows up.

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Investigator John Williams
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Chief Investigator Paul Reagan
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Margo Wayne
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Cmdr. Jackson
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Lt. Magrew (as Touch Conners)
Richard Avonde ...
Buzz Olin
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FBI Agent in Montage (as William R. Klein)
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Agent Reynolds
Joseph Mell ...
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Robert Hunter ...
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Leo Wayne
George Milan ...
Dave Norton
Geneviève Aumont ...
Cabaret Singer
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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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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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Remade in 1987 as "The Fourth Protocol"
1 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

None of the other reviewers seem to realize that this movie was "remade", using a somewhat different premise, but very similar in many aspects of the plot, including the last minute, down-to-the-wire ending. It was called "The Fourth Protocol", released in 1987, starring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan.

Of course "The Fourth Protocol" had much bigger stars, bigger budget, better writers and better production values, and was certainly more believable. But we are comparing it with an early 50s B movie. It seems to me that the makers of the later movie must surely have seen this early one.


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