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Secret Command (1944)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 30 July 1944 (USA)
Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven ... See full summary »

Director:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Eddie Sutherland)

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), John Hawkins (story "The Saboteurs") | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat O'Brien ... Sam Gallagher
Carole Landis ... Jill McGann
Chester Morris ... Jeff Gallagher
Ruth Warrick ... Lea Damaron
Barton MacLane ... Red Kelly
Tom Tully ... Colonel Hugo Von Braun aka 'Brownie' Brownell
Wallace Ford ... Miller
Howard Freeman ... Max Lessing
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Ben Royall
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Curly
Frank Sully ... Shawn
Frank Fenton ... Simms
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... James Thane
Carol Nugent ... Joan
Richard Lyon ... Paul
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Storyline

Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven years, in the Seaboard Shipyards as a "pileback" in order to track down a gang of Nazi spies who are plotting to sabotage the shipyards. Jill McCann (Carole Landis),an FBI agent, poses as Sam's wife, and two children, 6-year-old Paul (Richard Lyon), and 4-year-old-Joan (Carol Nugent),complete his "cover family." THe set-up looks fishy to Jeff, and he imparts his suspicions to Lea Damoran (Ruth Warrick, the girl both brothers had courted in the old days. Meanwhile, Sam works hard and makes friends with most of the men in his crew. He gets a line on the saboteurs and one by one, their identities are revealed to him. The Nazis, led by Brownell (Tom Tully)who, in reality, is Colonel Von Braun of the German Gestapo, plan to blow up the yard while an aircraft carrier is docked there. Jeff's noisy ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AS ACTION-PACKED A STORY AS EVER COME OUT OF THE SATURDAY EVENING POST! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Secret Command See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Terneen Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was the first and only one produced by Terneen Productions, co-owned by Pat O'Brien and Phil L. Ryan. See more »

Goofs

After Jeff falls from the gantry and is rescued by Sam, they are putting the "unconscious" Jeff on a stretcher and he visibly lifts his right arm up on to the stretcher. See more »

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WW II Spy thrillah
14 June 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

World War II spy thriller, taking place in a ship-building plant, with Pat OBrien, who made a whole lotta movies, mostly war times. Carol Landis, who made a good number of movies, but committed suicide at an early age, shortly after making, ironically, "The Noose". Secret Command was nominated for an Oscar, but was up against "30 seconds over Tokyo" (S Tracy, V Johnson,R Mitchum), so of course, it didn't have a chance. I thought the suspense-full high crane scenes were actually pretty good, considering when this was made, in spite of the liberal use of back-mats throughout the film. The sound also cuts out several times, and I wondered if it was dialogue editing, poor recording quality, or the fault of my local cable company. (was shown on Turner Classic Movies in June 2007). see my entry in message boards for this film for additional observations and shortcomings in the script.


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