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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
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John Gilbert 'Jack' Graham
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Jennie Hardesty
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Anne Hardesty
Victor Millan ...
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Harry Dakins
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Dwight McCutcheon
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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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In 1957 Gramercy Pictures bought the rights to a 1950 novel called "The FBI Story" by Mildred and Gordon Gordon. The Gordons claimed they had earlier submitted a script to Warners before the studio purchased the rights to Don Whitehead's book also titled "The FBI Story" for $100,000. The Gordons sued and were awarded $54,000 in damages. See more »

Goofs

Alvin Karpis was the last big-time gangster to be caught, not Machine Gun Kelly. Karpis did not vow to kill J. Edgar Hoover for killing Ma Barker as he had already parted ways with the Barkers. While Hoover did fly to New Orleans, he did not arrest Karpis on the streets. Instead, Karpis was in his car, which was swarmed by FBI agents before he could start it. Hoover came in after Karpis was secured, according to numerous newspaper accounts from reporters and eyewitnesses at the scene. See more »

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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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References A Lost Lady (1934) See more »

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Fifth Symphony, 1st Movement
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Riveting Back In '59; Not Much Now
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was a very young teen, I saw this in the theater and was just awed. The different segments were very dramatic and stayed with me for decades.

So after a long, long absence, seeing this again in the late '90s turned out to be a major disappointment. As a kid, this movie was exciting, but it sure isn't now. It's two-and-a-half hours long and moves pretty well but too much time is spent on the marriage of Jimmy Stewart-Vera Miles ("Chip and Lucy Ann Hardesty").

As one who watches a lot of modern- day crime movies, it was odd to see one with absolutely no profanity in it and very little blood, but that's because it's a 1959 film. We see the FBI cracking down on the KKK, anti- Native Americans, the Communists, spies, etc. Some of those parts are exciting, but nothing like when it came out almost 50 years ago. Now, it's almost ho-hum stuff.

For me now, this movie is more of a nostalgia piece than anything else. Frankly, I doubt if I would watch it again.


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