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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to her memoir Jane Fonda was suggested to Mervyn LeRoy for the role of Jennie by James Stewart. After meeting the director she expressed disinterest in the role which instead went to Diane Jergens. See more »

Goofs

The film showed two men doing the Kansas City Massacre, with Frank Nash dying first as he was in the front passenger seat. The lead shooter is Pretty Boy Floyd. In reality, Floyd's involvement was never proven. However, at the time the film was made, the reality was that Vernon Miller was the primary shooter, along with Adam Richetti and a third man, thought to be Floyd. Miller immediately killed two Kansas City patrol officers, wounded FBI agent Smith and gunned down FBI agent Caffrey. The shooters then killed Nash and Oklahoma police chief Otto Reed. Both KC officers and Caffrey were killed outside of the car, while Nash and Reed were killed inside the vehicle. Three FBI agents who were wounded were all outside the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Ann Hardesty: Chip, you can't just get married like ordering a ham sandwich!
John Michael Hardesty: You can if you're hungry!
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Connections

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

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I'll String Along with You
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Music by Harry Warren
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James Stewart is this Movie
10 May 2009 | by (Brewster, ny ,usa) – See all my reviews

This is a film that on the surface would seem to be all about J.Edgar Hoover giving himself a a big pat on the back for fighting Klansmen,going after Indian killers, hunting the famous gangsters of the 1930's, fighting Nazi's in the US and South America during world war 2 and Commies in New York during the early 1950's. Of course in 1959 we did not know about Mr. Hoover's obsession for keeping secret files on honest Americans, bugging people like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, but worst of all,his secret love affair with his deputy director,Clyde Tolson( If you want to know more about that subject, I suggest seeing the film Citizen Cohn). Hoover aside, This story of a life in the FBI as told by Jimmy Stewart makes for a decent, but dated film. Vera Miles as his devoted wife is also good. But Jimmy is the movie. As much as Hoover controlled production and always made sure the FBI was seen without fault, Jimmy Stewart gave the film a human side,quite an achievement considering Hoover was always looking over his shoulder. The background score is also pleasant. I have read recent online articles suggesting that this is a forgotten film. Jimmy Stewart was one of the greatest film stars of all time and none of his films should be forgotten. TCM was the last network to show it a long time ago and I hope they show it again.


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