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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 ...
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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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Two FBI agents were on the set at all times. See more »

Goofs

Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was caught at a farm, but did not die at the farm. Instead of trying to carjack the farmers, he had actually gotten out of a car after getting a lift from town. He spotted lawmen, fired and was wounded by a local sheriff. He got up and ran toward the tree line, at which point, sheriff's deputies, FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis and local police all opened fire and got him at the tree line. See more »

Quotes

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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Wedding March
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from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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"Since he was a Communist, we knew he wasn't going to church."
6 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Entertaining docudrama about the history of the FBI, as told by one agent in particular named Chip (James Stewart). Yes, it's more fiction than fact but it's also a good movie. Judging by some of the reviews here, most of the people hating on the movie seem to be political ax grinders. Obviously J. Edgar Hoover had a hands-on part in the making of this film. He inspires Jimmy to stick with the FBI in an amusingly corny scene. But I'm judging the movie on an entertainment basis, first and foremost, and this movie is entertaining.

The FBI parts are great. The parts dealing with Jimmy's domestic life not so much. Vera Miles is very attractive as a blonde and plays the clichéd but likable wife role well. It's just this part of the movie isn't that interesting and takes up too much time in a movie that goes on for over two hours. Murray Hamilton is good as Jimmy's partner ("I never want to cool off! NEVER!"). If your blood boils about J. Edgar Hoover or you demand absolute historical accuracy from any film depicting real people and events, you'll hate this. But if you like Jimmy Stewart, you'll certainly find things to enjoy here. He's really the whole show. Whether he's taking on the KKK, gangsters, and Commies or just getting ticked off at his kids, he's fun to watch. It's a little long but never boring.


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