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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

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 C. Hickman ... Walter Forbes (as Howard Hickman)
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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Career Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

State Department Official: Will we in this nation ever learn the difference between tolerance and stupidity?
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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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terrorists in the U.S.?
26 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joel McCrea is a member of the foreign service who inadvertently marries a part-time spy in "Espionage Agent." This is a very interesting film for several reasons. War is about to break out in Europe, and the U.S. is planning to stay neutral, and in fact, in one scene, an American broadcaster gives a call for neutrality.

After getting into the U.S. on a forged passport, McCrea's wife, played by the darkly beautiful Brenda Marshall, confesses her past associations, and states that she's been approached to do more favors for an espionage group. McCrea resigns his post, and with his wife's help, sets out to expose the spy network in the U.S.

In the aftermath of 9/11, watching a 67-year-old film where a group of people have agents in place throughout the country and sites ready to bomb is chilling.

There are some tense, exciting scenes and an attractive cast, but the film is more of historical interest than anything else. Look for TV Superman George Reeves in a very small, uncredited role.


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