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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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John Michael 'Chip' Hardesty
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George Crandall
Nick Adams ...
John Gilbert 'Jack' Graham
Diane Jergens ...
Jennie Hardesty
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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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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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The fury of America's fight for decency ! See more »


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October 1959 (USA)  »

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Geheimagent des FBI  »

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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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The agents watching Whitey follow him to a NY Giants football game at Yankee Stadium. The team did not move there until 1956, but according to the plates on the taxi outside the park the story takes place in 1950. See more »

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John Gilbert Graham: [after being arrested for murder] In case I get any mail, you can send it to Canon City Prison for the next month or so. After that you can send it to Hell!
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excellent entertainment
27 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This isn't among Jimmy Stewart's best films--I'm quick to admit that. However, while some view his film as pure propaganda, I'm wondering what's so wrong with that? Yes, sure, like the TV show THE FBI, this is an obvious case of the Bureau doing some PR work to try to drum up support. But, as entertainment goes, it does a good job. Plus, surprisingly enough for the time it was made, the film focuses more on crime than espionage and "Commies". Instead, it's a fictionalization of one of the earliest agents and the career he chose. Now considering the agent is played by Jimmy Stewart, then it's pretty certain the acting and writing were good--as this was a movie with a real budget and a studio who wasn't about to waste the star in a third-rate flick. So overall, it's worth seeing but not especially great.


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