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Operator 13 (1934)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 8 June 1934 (USA)
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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first Marion Davies film to gross over $1 million. The average movie ticket in 1934 cost 25 cents. 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.
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Join the Cavalry
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Played on guitar and sung by Fuzzy Knight
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A good cast for this spy film set in the Civil War
30 November 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Operator 13" is an early Civil War film with a fine cast. It's also one of the early Hollywood films in which a white performer plays a role of another race. Marion Davies impersonates a Black woman in disguise to infiltrate the Confederacy and spy for the Union forces.

Davies plays Gail Loveless who soon meets and falls for a Confederate spy, Capt. Jack Gailliard. Gary Cooper plays that part. Of course, she doesn't let on to who she is. It's only after the war that the truth comes out.

A number of other known actors of the day have roles, including Jean Parker, Douglas Dumbrille, and Sidney Toler. The plot is interesting but the screenplay is a little choppy in places. This isn't a movie about the actual battles and destruction, but a behind-the-scenes film about spying during the Civil War.

Many may not find it that great a story, but I give it six stars on the strength of the fine cast.


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