When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy ... See full summary »


Lloyd Bacon


Warren Duff (screen play), Michael Fessier (screen play) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Barry Corvall
Brenda Marshall ... Brenda Ballard
Jeffrey Lynn ... Lowell Warrington
George Bancroft ... Donald Garrett
Stanley Ridges ... Hamilton Peyton
James Stephenson ... Dr. Anton Rader
Howard Hickman ... Walter Forbes
Martin Kosleck ... Karl Mullen
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Corvall
Rudolph Anders ... Paul Strawn (as Robert O. Davis)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Dr. Helm (as Hans Von Twardowski)
Lucien Prival ... Decker
Addison Richards ... Bruce Corvall
Edwin Stanley ... Secretary of State
Granville Bates ... Phineas T. O'Grady


When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy American industrial capability. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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HIS are the bold adventures of the G-MEN! His is the reckless courage of the T-MEN! MEET Uncle Sam's least known, most daring hero...unknown soldier in America's Foriegn Secret Service...the ESPIONAGE AGENT (Print Ad- Meriden Record, ((Meriden, Conn.)) 9 December 1939) See more »


Drama | Romance | Thriller | War


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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Bellingham WA Friday 12 October 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12); it first aired in Los Angeles Friday 26 October 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Boston Wednesday 5 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Tuesday 18 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Wichita Tuesday 15 January 1957 on KAKE (Channel 10), in Portland OR Tuesday 19 March 1957 on KOIN (Channel 6), and in Phoenix Thursday 30 May 1957 on KVAR (Channel 12). See more »


The part in Joel McCrea's hair keeps changing from right to left during the film. See more »


Instructor: Ever since the World War, we've been trying to perfect a machine that would encode and decode automatically. Well, here it is.
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Referenced in Shining Through (1992) See more »


Gschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Barry and Brenda are at the outdoor cafe
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early wartime WW II film.
3 January 2021 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Joel McCrae is Barry Corvall, consulate man who gets married right as the german forces were gathering and getting ready to move on all of europe. Brenda Marshall (in her first credited role!) is "Brenda", another american needing assistance in getting back to america, but of course, she doesn't have a passport. or family. or friends. and acts a bit suspiciously (at least to everyone except Barry...) it all blows up later,and now barry must prove that his new bride hasn't committed any crime. George Reeves (Superman! ) is in here as a bit part of a secretary in the office. sadly, Reeves died young at 45, from a gunshot, under suspicious circumstances. This came out in 1939, the same year that germany rolled into poland. the U.S. would be dragged into it in Pearl Harbor, 1941. directed by Lloyd Bacon, who worked with big stars in films 42nd Street, Marked Woman, WonderBar. and even directed Lucy in two comedies. it's okay, as long as you buy into the storyline. some of it is pretty hard to buy into...but it has the gung-ho patriotic message that we will see in so many WW II films.

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30 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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