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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
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Early in the film, the bugler is ordered to sound "Officers Call". He does so, and a distant bugler in the camp repeats the call. However, the second call is sounded in a much higher key. In reality, both bugles would play in the same key. See more »
A good cast for this spy film set in the Civil War
"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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