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Confirm or Deny (1941)

Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

Directors:

Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang (uncredited)

Writers:

Samuel Fuller (story), Jo Swerling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... 'Mitch' Mitchell
Joan Bennett ... Jennifer Carson
Roddy McDowall ... Albert Perkins
John Loder ... Captain Lionel Channing
Raymond Walburn ... H. Cyrus Stuyvesant
Arthur Shields ... Jeff, Blind Typist
Eric Blore ... Mr. Hobbs, Regency Hotel
Helene Reynolds ... Dorothy
Claud Allister ... William (scenes deleted)
Roseanne Murray Roseanne Murray ... Ministry of Information Girl
Stuart Robertson Stuart Robertson ... Johnny Dunne, Consolidated Press Operations Manager
Queenie Leonard ... Daisy, Consolidated Press Switchboard Operator
Jean Prescott Jean Prescott ... Elizabeth Harding
Billy Bevan ... Mr. Bindle
Lumsden Hare ... Sir Titus Scott, Penzance Chronicle
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Storyline

Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Correspondente Especial See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Shields (Jeff) and John Loder (Captain Lionel Channing) fought on opposite sides of the Easter Rising of 1916: Shields fought with the Irish republicans while Loder was a second lieutenant in the British Army. Furthermore, Loder was the son of General William Lowe, the British officer to whom Pádraig Pearse surrendered on April 29, 1916. Shields had previously played Pearse in The Plough and the Stars (1936). See more »

Quotes

'Mitch' Mitchell: [to military censor] What're you killing that for?
Captain Lionel Channing: Censored!
'Mitch' Mitchell: Why?
Captain Lionel Channing: Because it's military information I couldn't possibly allow you to release.
'Mitch' Mitchell: But if I know it, certainly the British Intelligence knows it.
Captain Lionel Channing: Very likely.
'Mitch' Mitchell: Well, then why can't I send it?
Captain Lionel Channing: Perhaps, Mr. Mitchell, the British Intelligence doesn't want the German Intelligence to know that the British Intelligence knows.
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Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
Hummed by Mitch when leaving the Colonial Club
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Wartime comedy-drama
13 December 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Don Ameche is an American newspaperman waiting for the Germans to invade London in "Confirm or Deny," a 1941 film also starring Joan Bennett, Roddy McDowall, and Eric Blore. Ameche plays the conniving, fast-talking Mitch, who meets Jennifer (Bennett) during an air raid and falls for her. When his office building is bombed, he moves the staff into the basement of a hotel and persuades someone to let him use a teletype machine to give him a 40-minute lead on the other papers when the invasion happens. He arranges for Jennifer to be loaned out as a teletypist. Meanwhile, Mitch becomes angry that the censor (John Loder) isn't letting him report on some of the news.

This is a small movie from 20th Century Fox, but it really conveys the atmosphere, tension, and tragedy of wartime and has interesting and likable characters. Ameche does his usual terrific job, Bennett is lovely, and Roddy McDowall is adorable as a little volunteer watching out for homing pigeons with coded messages.

Recommended.


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