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The FBI Story (1959)

 -  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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Cast

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John Michael 'Chip' Hardesty
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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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Security checks were performed on all those involved on the film's production. See more »

Goofs

Many of the gangster demises were "Hollywoodized". Baby Face Nelson and the two FBI agents died in a shootout in an open field, not a wooded area. Nelson did not die immediately but got back in his car, drove a short distance and then died of his wounds. The only factual part is that both FBI agents did die by their car. See more »

Quotes

John Michael Hardesty: On Sunday morning he left the house. He couldn't be going to work. Since he was a Communist, we knew he wasn't going to church.
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Connections

References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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Oh, You Beautiful Doll
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Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by A. Seymour Brown
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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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