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Enemy Agent (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Mystery | 19 April 1940 (USA)
A man is framed for being a spy. After he is released, he sets out to find who the real spies are.


Lew Landers


Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), Sam Robins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Cromwell ... Jimmy Saunders
Helen Vinson ... Irene Hunter
Robert Armstrong ... Gordon
Marjorie Reynolds ... Peggy O'Reilly
Vinton Hayworth ... Lester Taylor (as Jack Arnold)
Russell Hicks ... Lyman Scott
Philip Dorn ... Doctor Jeffry Arnold
Jack La Rue ... Alex
Bradley Page ... Francis
Abner Biberman ... Baronoff
Luis Alberni ... A. Calteroni
Jack Carson ... Ralph
Milburn Stone ... Meeker


A man is framed for being a spy. After he is released, he sets out to find who the real spies are.

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Although lacking any elements of horror or mystery, this film was included in the Shock Theatre package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later by Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »


Edited from Radio Patrol (1937) See more »

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Non horror title in Universal's SHOCK! television package
6 May 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1940's "Enemy Agent" was one of the few non genre titles included in Universal's SHOCK! package of classic horror films issued to television in the late 50's. Despite that status, all remain quite obscure today, and it's no surprise that this routine espionage tale never appeared on Pittsburgh's CHILLER THEATER. Richard Cromwell (1930's "Tol'able David," 1933's "This Day and Age"), former early talkie heartthrob whose screen career was already winding down, stars as aircraft designer Jimmy Saunders, framed as a spy by fellow plant worker Lester Taylor (Vinton Hayworth), who is the actual culprit working for a duplicitous doctor (Philip Dorn). Second billed is forgotten actress Helen Vinson, also nearing the end of her acting career, as a waitress with a taste for the high life, leaving poor Jimmy in the capable hands of younger waitress Peggy O'Reilly (Marjorie Reynolds), who is secretly in love with him. The villains make their big mistake when they decide that Jimmy should be bumped off in another city, which allows the down-on-his-luck loser to turn the tables and clear himself. Not to be confused with the famous director Jack Arnold ("It Came from Outer Space," "Creature from the Black Lagoon," "The Incredible Shrinking Man"), Vinton Hayworth later became better known as General Schaefer on TV's I DREAM OF JEANNIE, with more familiar faces like third billed Robert Armstrong, Russell Hicks, Jack La Rue, Jack Carson, Milburn Stone, Robert E. Homans, Eddy C. Waller, Charles Williams, and James Craig.

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Release Date:

19 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemy Alien See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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