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Patrolling the Ether (1944)

 -  Short | Drama  -  10 April 1944 (USA)
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In the days leading up to World War II, the Radio Intelligence Division of the Federal Communications Commission enlists the help of amateur radio operators to determine the location of ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Hazel Brooks ...
Taxi Driver / German Spy (uncredited)
Marc Cramer ...
German Spy in Taxi (uncredited)
Richard Crane ...
Phillip (uncredited)
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Bill Beck (uncredited)
Connie Gilchrist ...
Phillip's Mother (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ...
Chief of Radio Intelligence Division (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
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Emmett Vogan ...
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In the days leading up to World War II, the Radio Intelligence Division of the Federal Communications Commission enlists the help of amateur radio operators to determine the location of broadcasts by enemy agents in the United States. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Patrolling the Ether: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject  »

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Historically interesting mediocre short
19 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FCC has a video of this film and with the studio's permission uses it for training - hence I saw it. It was part of a series of WWII propaganda films on how obscure agencies were contributing to the war effort. There is some truth to the wartime role of the FCC in listening for axis spies who used radio and having armed agents look for them. This mission left FCC after the war. The details of the film are highly fictionalized and the acting reminds one of Reefer Madness.

J. Edgar Hoover was reportedly annoyed about the film saying it gave the FCC too much credit.

If you are interested in radio technology or FCC this is a good movie to watch with a beer in hand. It is historically significant in that it was the first film shown on TV before theatrical release - but at that time TV was an experiment and viewership was minimal.


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