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DeVallon Scott (original story) and
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Release Date:
10 April 1944 (USA) See more »
1940. Sixteen year old Phillip is one of a number of amateur radio operators across the US, doing it purely as a fun hobby... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Hazel Brooks ... Taxi Driver / German Spy (uncredited)

Marc Cramer ... German Spy in Taxi (uncredited)
Richard Crane ... Phillip (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Bill Beck (uncredited)
Connie Gilchrist ... Phillip's Mother (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Chief of Radio Intelligence Division (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Aide to Chief of Radio Intelligence Division (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Burnford 
Writing credits
DeVallon Scott (original story) (as De Vallon Scott) and
Alan Friedman (original story)

DeVallon Scott (screenplay) (as De Vallon Scott) and
Alan Friedman (screenplay)

Original Music by
Nathaniel Shilkret 
Cinematography by
Walter Strenge 
Film Editing by
Harry Komer 
Art Direction by
Paul Youngblood 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Patrolling the Ether: A Crime Does Not Pay Subject" - USA (series title)
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21 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #9592)

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This was the first movie in the USA to premiere on television.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Historically interesting mediocre short, 19 February 2006
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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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