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Operator 13 (1934)

Union spy Gail Loveless impersonates a black maid in the early days of the Civil War, but complications arise when she falls in love with a Confederate officer.

Director:

Richard Boleslawski (as Richard Boleslavsky)

Writers:

Harvey F. Thew (screen play) (as Harvey Thew), Zelda Sears (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Gail Loveless
Gary Cooper ... Capt. Jack Gailliard
Jean Parker ... Eleanor Shackleford
Katharine Alexander ... Pauline
Ted Healy ... Dr. Hitchcock
Russell Hardie ... Lt. Gus Littledale
Henry Wadsworth ... John Pelham
Douglass Dumbrille ... Gen. Stuart (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Willard Robertson ... Capt. Channing
Fuzzy Knight ... Pvt. Sweeney
Sidney Toler ... Maj. Allen Pinkerton
Robert McWade ... Col. Sharpe
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Shackleford
Wade Boteler ... Gaston
Walter Long ... Operator 55
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Storyline

Gail Loveless, a spy known as Operator 13 working for the Union and Federal cause during the Civil War, posing as a Confederate woman named Anne Claybourne, meets and falls in love with Confederate Captain Jack Galliard. Dusguised as an octoroom maid at a Confedarate military ball, she learns and relays secrets to the Union forces that are devastating to the Rebel cause. Assigned to the case to track down and kill the spy maid, Galliard learns she is also the woman he loves, but proceeds with his assignment. He captures her but is in danger of being captured himself as Federal forces are approaching. Gail/Anne saves him and they part to wait until peace comes to resume their romance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy 13 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Marion Davies and Gary Cooper had appeared in silent films. Other notable silent players in the film include Walter Long, Wheeler Oakman, Wade Boteler, Sterling Holloway, Edgar Kennedy, Mary MacLaren, Buddy Roosevelt, Dorothy Vernon Richard Tucker, and Wilfred Lucas. See more »

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Quotes

Captain Jack Gailliard C.S.A.: You know, Lucille, some day that snoopy little nose of yours is gonna lead you right into trouble.
Gail Loveless: No, sir, but if it do, these feet of mine are gonna get me right out.
[laughs]
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Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Played as background music when Anne Claybourne returns to Washington, D.C.
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Oh lawdy, I shaw do loves me sum dem fiiiine movies!
3 January 2012 | by montypython10See all my reviews

I'll give this move one thing-- it's pungent enough to cease being background noise and have me watch it. Other reviewers have explained the not-at-all intricate plot so I won't rehash it here (I'm a spy for the union, but I've fallen in love with a rebel!) but suffice to say, it's 80 minutes of disposable dialog and wooden acting interspersed with songs about "jungle fever" and "darkies in de Congo." Oh, and Marion Davies' terrible blackface disguise and scenery-chewing acting.

This is a fine example of the time when movies were churned out like stamped sheet metal. It has worth if one considers using it as a part of a larger effort to explore historical depictions of race in American cinema, but otherwise it's a waste of time-- and an offensive one at that.


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