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Secret Service (1931)

Lewis Dumont, a Northern officer in the American Civil War, works undercover behind Confederate lines in an attempt to lead Southern forces away from an area in which a Northern attack is ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

William Gillette (play), Bernard Schubert (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Captain Lewis Dumont
William Post Jr. ... Lieutenant Henry Dumont
Shirley Grey ... Miss Edith Varney
Nance O'Neil ... Mrs. Varney
Harold Kinney Harold Kinney ... Lieutenant Howard Varney
Gavin Gordon ... Mr. Arlesford
Florence Lake ... Miss Caroline Mitford
Frederick Burton ... General Randolph
Clarence Muse ... Jonas Polk
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Israel Polk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E. Alyn Warren ... General U.S. Grant
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Lewis Dumont, a Northern officer in the American Civil War, works undercover behind Confederate lines in an attempt to lead Southern forces away from an area in which a Northern attack is planned. But Dumont falls in love with a Southern girl and when she proves useful to his plan, his conscience begins to tear at him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eroi senza gloria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Variety lists Gertrude Howard in the role of "Martha", but the copyright description and other sources list "Emma Reed' for that role. The actress does appear to be Howard. See more »

Connections

Version of Great Performances: Secret Service (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (or The Prisoner's Hope)
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Part of a medley of Civil War songs played during the opening credits
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A simple and familiar sort of idea but well executed...
3 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

There were a lot of films made during the 30s and 40s about spies during the US Civil War--though most featured Confederate spies. In "Secret Service", it's about Union spies instead. Two brothers are sent behind enemy lines to prepare the way for an attack on Richmond. The Captain (Richard Dix) is to pose as a Confederate and infiltrate the telegraph office so that he can send false orders to the troops. However, two things happened that he didn't count on--he gets shot on the way there and when he's rehabilitated, he falls in love with the young lady ministering to him. But, there is a dogged Confederate counter-spy who is always at his heels--suspecting him of being a Union infiltrator.

The story is relatively routine but is also handled well. There is a nice feeling of suspense and the film does take a few unexpected turns. Because of this, it's a agreeable little film and well worth your time.


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