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Clint Johnston (story)
Phillips Lord (radio program)
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Release Date:
13 July 1950 (USA) See more »
HOT OFF THE AIRWAVES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Based on the long-running radio program created by Philips H. Lord, the film opens with a radio commentator blasting the U... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Willard Parker ... Lt. Comdr. Jerry A. Baldwin

Audrey Long ... Betty Iverson
Howard St. John ... David Harding
Raymond Greenleaf ... Dr. George Vickers
Harlan Warde ... Hopkins

Alex Gerry ... Charles Kingston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Murray Alper ... Customer (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Grant Calhoun ... Lt. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Frank Edwards (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Frank Reynolds (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... C.P.O. (uncredited)

William Henry ... Sentry (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Newspaper Vendor (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Robert Barrington (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Burton (uncredited)
Robert Lowell ... Navy Lieutenant (uncredited)

Jock Mahoney ... Brown (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Employee (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Baker (uncredited)
Fred Miller ... Policeman (uncredited)

John Pickard ... McCullough (uncredited)

Charles Quigley ... Grady (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Man in Theater (uncredited)
Fred F. Sears ... Peters (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Bartender (uncredited)

Jean Willes ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Nazarro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clint Johnston  story & screenplay
Phillips Lord  radio program (as Phillips H. Lord)
Tom Reed  story & screenplay

Produced by
Milton Feldman .... producer
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant 
Film Editing by
Henry Batista 
Art Direction by
Harold H. MacArthur  (as Harold MacArthur)
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Newt Jones .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Fier .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Russell Malmgren .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Becker .... grip (uncredited)
Frank G. Carson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Christie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Layter .... gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Donna M. Norridge .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14398)

Did You Know?

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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Spies at the defense plant, 2 October 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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