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The FBI Story (1959)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  October 1959 (USA)
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A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.

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George Crandall
Nick Adams ...
John Gilbert 'Jack' Graham
Diane Jergens ...
Jennie Hardesty
Jean Willes ...
Joyce Taylor ...
Anne Hardesty
Victor Millan ...
Mario
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Harry Dakins
Fay Roope ...
Dwight McCutcheon
Ed Prentiss ...
U.S. Marshal
Robert Gist ...
Medicine Salesman
Buzz Martin ...
Mike Hardesty
Ken Mayer ...
Casket Salesman (as Kenneth Mayer)
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Storyline

The story of the FBI unfolds through the eyes of one of its agents. During his career he investigates gangsters, swindlers, the klu klux klan, Nazi agents and cold war spies. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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You are crouched in a basement stairway opposite a theatre in Chicago. Keep your eyes on that FBI man across the street. He has set the trap for deadly public enemy, John Dillinger... See more »


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October 1959 (USA)  »

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Geheimagent des FBI  »

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Trivia

J. Edgar Hoover forced director Mervyn LeRoy to re-shoot a scene because he didn't approve of one of the extras. See more »

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Jennie forgets her speech at what appears to be a graduation ceremony, usually held in lat May or early June. When her father comforts her in the family car a few moments later, the cherry blossoms are in bloom - usually, early April in Washington (DC). However, after they leave the car - and leave the radio on, which is an irresponsible action that would drain the car's battery in 1941 - a news bulletin breaks in, announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took place in early December of 1941. While it is possible that a (first semester) graduation could have taken place in December, no cherry blossoms would have been in bloom then, nor would the weather have been mild enough as depicted in the accompanying scenes. See more »

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Firing range instructor: [Holding up an automatic weapon] Let me repeat again - get to know this weapon. Craftiness can solve many a criminal case, but with hoodlums you sometimes need a good conscientious, hard-working machine gun.
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Liebestraum No. 3 in A Flat Major
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Music by Franz Liszt
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Not bad, but it plays like a J Edgar film.
20 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An entertaining look at the FBI from its fledgling days, when 36 unarmed investigators constituted the "Bureau of Investigation" up till the days when FBI agents sought to prevent Soviet agents from gathering sensitive intelligence.

The FBI Story tracks the career of an FBI agent Chip Hardesty, who joins the Bureau in its early days. He expresses frustration with the ineffectiveness of the agency, but when J. Edgar becomes Director, he has a change of heart. (Surprise, surprise-- Edgar was actually in the movie, so I'm guessing that he had a part in Hardesty's position) Hardesty battles Klan members, gangsters, and Nazi influence in South America, as well as counter-intelligence efforts at the peak of his career as an FBI SAC (Special Agent In Charge) of the New York Field Office.

It's not a bad film, and there are some really classic quotes. There was this one about how sometimes with gangsters you just need a slide-fed, automatic machine gun. I enjoyed that one a lot. However, it did strike me very much as a propaganda film, being as though J. Edgar seems like a hero. The film even shows his personal arrest of a gangster making death threats.


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