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Cloak and Dagger (1946)

In WW2, the Allies race against time to persuade two nuclear scientists working for the Germans to switch sides.

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Fritz Lang

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Prof. Alvah Jesper
Lilli Palmer ... Gina
Robert Alda ... Pinkie
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Polda
J. Edward Bromberg ... Trenk
Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle ... Ann Dawson
Ludwig Stössel ... The German (as Ludwig Stossel)
Helene Thimig ... Katerin Lodor (as Helen Thimig)
Dan Seymour ... Marsoli
Marc Lawrence ... Luigi
James Flavin ... Col. Walsh
Patrick O'Moore Patrick O'Moore ... The Englishman (as Pat O'Moore)
Charles Marsh Charles Marsh ... Erich
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Storyline

Toward the end of World War II, the allied secret service receives a partial message indicating that the Germans are researching nuclear energy to build atomic bombs. In Midwestern University, the scientist Alvah Jesper is called up by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to meet his former colleague Dr. Katerin Lodor in Switzerland and bring her to North America. However, his mission fails and Dr. Lodor is killed by the Nazis but first she informs that Alvah's acquaintance Dr. Giovanni Polda is working for the Nazis in Italy. Dr. Jesper travels to Italy and with the support of the Italian partisans leaded by Pinkie and Gina, he has a meeting with Dr. Polda that is under the surveillance of the Gestapo. The scientist tells him that his daughter Maria had been abducted by the Gestapo and Alvah makes a deal with Dr. Polda, promising to release Maria first and bringing them to North America. While Pinkie travels to rescue Maria, Alvah stays with Gina and they fall in love for each ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

28 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During one scene while Gary Cooper is walking, there is a shot of his ankle, shoe and pant leg and what appears to be a "leg brace". Cooper limped due to a car accident as a younger man. There is no indication in the film that the prosthetic was planned or a deliberate and part of the character. See more »

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Prof. Alvah Jesper: Dr. Katerin Lodor, one of the great ones. Used to be my scientific pinup girl before Hungary sold out to the Nazis.
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Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
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10 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The obvious criticism of this film is that Gary Cooper is just too much an American type to be engaged in espionage in Nazi occupied Europe. Who was Fritz Lang kidding here? It's the same problem the horribly miscast Henry Fonda had in War and Peace.

Of course the reason Cooper was on such a mission was that he was an atomic physicist and the OSS borrowed him from the Manhattan Project for a little espionage. His mission was to check on an atomic scientist who was known to be working for the Nazis and is now in a Swiss Sanitarium.

So off to neutral Switzerland Coop goes and he essentially bungles his mission, getting into the clutches of beautiful Nazi spy Marjorie Hoshelle. After that it's to Italy to grab Italian scientist Vladimir Sokoloff from the Nazis.

The main criticism of Cloak and Dagger is that Cooper is way too American to be convincing. But that can somewhat be explained by the fact as a physicist he has some specialized knowledge that most agents couldn't exactly learn to converse intelligently with other physicists. That being said, I'm not quite sure why these scientists in particular were so critical to either the Allied or the Axis atomic projects.

Cloak and Dagger is based on the real life exploits of Michael Burke while he was in the OSS. The film OSS done by Paramount and starring Alan Ladd is a far better film than this one.


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