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David Harding, Counterspy (1950)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 13 July 1950 (USA)
Based on the long-running radio program created by Philips H. Lord, the film opens with a radio commentator blasting the U. S. government for the manner in which a certain foreign power has... See full summary »

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Based on the long-running radio program created by Philips H. Lord, the film opens with a radio commentator blasting the U. S. government for the manner in which a certain foreign power has obtained secret information during WWII. The commentator is brought to the secret headquarters of "David Harding, Counterspy" where he learns that the story was deliberately planted with the commentator to fool the enemy. Harding them tells, in flashback, a specific story to illustrate how counter-espionage works. Jerry Baldwin, a U.S. Navy officer is brought to a city where torpedoes are manufactured for the Navy, and his assignment is to find out information is leaking out to the enemy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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In the opening credits, Columbia Pictures chose to precede the name of Howard St. John with the verb "introducing," although the veteran stage actor had already played in four pictures. Oftentimes studios used this term with actors with small public exposure who were on the way up to pronounce their names. St. John was forty-five at the time of this picture's release; but his body of work was on stage with one TV credit. See more »

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Remake of Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) See more »

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Let's Fall In Love
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Music by Harold Arlen
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Played in restaurant as Betty agrees to marry Gerry
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Spies at the defense plant
2 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Based on the radio series Counterspy. the title role of David Harding is played by Howard St. John as the rather stern Allen Dulles like section chief of an unnamed Intelligence agency. But the real action is handled here by Willard Parker who gets called back from the Pacific War to takeover the operation of a plant in California that is manufacturing torpedoes for the Pacific War.

As it turns out the widow of the guy that was in the job before Parker is Audrey Long who was going out with Parker while he was in Annapolis. After a while the two take up where they left off before. Still Parker's job is to find a nest of fifth columnist spies who've been getting information out of the plant.

I was pleasantly surprised in that I thought while hardly a great film, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was expecting a Cold War flag waver and it was not all that. The characters are not paste board figures, they do have some depth to them.

Take particular note of Raymond Greenleaf's portrayal of the plant doctor. Talk about hidden depth.

Nothing great here, but David Harding Counterspy might be worth a look.


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