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Foreign Agent (1942)

Approved | | Drama | 9 October 1942 (USA)
Hollywood starlet foils an Axis plot to sabotage the L.A. infrastructure.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

John W. Krafft (screenplay) (as John Krafft), Martin Mooney (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Shelton ... Jimmy
Gale Storm ... Mitzi Mayo
Ivan Lebedeff ... Okura
George Travell George Travell ... Nick Dancy
Patsy Moran ... Joan Collins
Lyle Latell Lyle Latell ... Eddie McGurk
Hans Schumm ... Dr. Werner
William Halligan William Halligan ... Bob Davis
Kenneth Harlan ... George McCall
Herbert Rawlinson ... Stevens
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Elliott Jennings
David Clarke ... Carl Beck
Fay Wall Fay Wall ... Anna (as Faye Wall)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Robert Nelson (as Edward Peil)
Paul Bryar ... Jerry the bartender
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Storyline

Hollywood starlet Mitzi Mayo gets involved in a plot to steal her late father's searchlight filter plans. She joins forces with her friend Jimmy, who is working for the government. Together they manage to foil a German-Japanese plot to obtain the blueprints and to support a planned Japanese bombing of Los Angeles. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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SMASH SPIES! They're here...deadly, ruthless...attacking our home front! See more »

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Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, the recorded instructions to Axis espionage agents were concealed on a record called "To a Water Lily", billed as a "piano solo by Eddie Kay". Edward J. Kay (nicknamed Eddie) was the musical director on this film. See more »

Soundtracks

Down Deep in My Heart
Words and Music by Bill Mellette
Performed by Gale Storm (uncredited) at the Harbor club
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About what you'd expect from a cheap-o wartime B-movie.
1 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Let's cut to the chase--this is a cheap and rather dopey film. This isn't exactly a surprise, as it's from Monogram Studios--a production company that specialized in making low-budget B-movies. Occasionally, their Bs were pretty good--but often they were just quickly made and dreary....and "Foreign Agent" is clearly in the latter category. Plus, like so many of the wartime films, it has all the jingoistic clichés you'd expect.

The film begins with a bang. In a well-conceived and filmed opening scene, a dead man is found hanging in an apparent suicide. Naturally, it's really a murder and Axis agents are behind this because they wanted to steal this man's invention. What follows are tons of Nazi and Japanese agents in America that look JUST LIKE Nazi and Japanese spies!! They are about the most unsubtle lot you could imagine and I almost expect one to look just like Hitler!! In addition, like many Bs, there are supporting characters tossed in for laughs who aren't the least bit funny nor the least bit believable. Subhuman, perhaps...but not the least bit believable.

The bottom line is that unless you really like bad B-movies, there are thousands of better made films from the era that clearly would be more interesting and entertaining than this film. Not horrible but also not good at all apart from the opening scene.


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