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Espionage Agent (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 30 September 1939 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Warren Duff (screen play), Michael Fessier (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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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 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 Edwin Stanley ... Secretary of State
Granville Bates ... Phineas T. O'Grady
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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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Trivia

Second anti-Nazi film from Warner Bros. in 1939 - the first one being Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939). This was before America's involvement in WWII, when other studios were reluctant to antagonize the Germans. See more »

Goofs

The German soldiers' uniforms, though otherwise correct for the late 1930's, feature blank white armbands without the Nazi swastika emblems real German soldiers wore. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Shining Through (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A dress rehearsal for "Foreign Correspondent"
18 November 2008 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

Want to know how much difference a director can make? Watch this film, with Joel McCrea as a blundering American naïf in Europe on the eve of World War II exposing an Axis spy plot under the hacky direction of Lloyd Bacon, and then watch "Foreign Correspondent," which McCrea made the next year in a similar role, similar plot, at least one supporting cast member (Martin Kosleck) in common and even another sequence set during a rainstorm -- but under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. "Espionage Agent" isn't a bad movie and it probably would be a lot more likable if McCrea hadn't made "Foreign Correspondent" (albeit playing a terminally naïve journalist instead of a terminally naïve diplomat) a year later.

Incidentally, the comment by "bkoganbing" is wrong. Though the film begins in 1915, it quickly leaps forward to 1936 (the year the Spanish Civil War broke out) and the bulk of it takes place in the late 1930's -- though, even so, the German uniforms are otherwise correct but their armbands are missing the swastika. Even after making "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (which was about Nazi abuses in the U.S., not in their homeland), Warners was still being skittish about directly taking on the German government.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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