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I Was an American Spy (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 14 April 1951 (USA)
Begins in documentary style when U. S. Army General Mark Clark authenticates Claire Phillips' adventures and achievements, as an American citizen who rendered invaluable services to her ... See full summary »

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Claire Phillips (novel), Claire Phillips (magazine article "I Was an American Spy") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ann Dvorak ... Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips
Gene Evans ... Cpl. John Boone
Douglas Kennedy ... Sgt. John Phillips
Richard Loo ... Col. Masamato
Leon Lontoc ... Pacio
Chabing Chabing ... Lolita
Philip Ahn ... Capt. Arito
Marya Marco Marya Marco ... Fely
Nadine Ashdown Nadine Ashdown ... Dian
Lisa Ferraday ... Dorothy Fuentes
Howard Chuman Howard Chuman ... Kamuri
Fred Revelala Fred Revelala ... Zig Zag (as Freddie Revelala)
James B. Leong James B. Leong ... Ho Sang
Mark W. Clark Mark W. Clark ... Himself / Authenticator in Prologue (as General Mark Clark)
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Storyline

Begins in documentary style when U. S. Army General Mark Clark authenticates Claire Phillips' adventures and achievements, as an American citizen who rendered invaluable services to her country in Manila during the Japanese occupation, and at the end, when she is presented a medal by a Presidential representative: Claire Phillips, a café entertainer in Manila, marries a U.S. soldier on December 8, 1941, after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, and when he is killed fighting the Japanese invasion of the Phillipines, she returns to her calling as a means of obtaining and transmitting to the American and Filipino guerillas information, supplies and services which the Filipino underground uses in its aid to the Allied forces fighting the Japanese invaders. She has narrow escapes from detection and detention, until she is finally exposed as a spy, arrested, convicted and imprisoned. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The startling TRUE story of America's "Mata Hari" of the South Pacific! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich war eine amerikanische Spionin See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Allied Artists Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A soldier plays Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" as Claire and John prepare to be wedded by a Catholic priest. The Catholic Church, as well as most Lutheran churches, avoid this piece of music for wedding entrance-hymns. See more »

Soundtracks

Because of You
Music by Dudley Wilkinson
Lyrics by Arthur Hammerstein
Sung by Ann Dvorak
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9 June 2003 | by Robert W. AndersonSee all my reviews

This is a good movie about a real life character. It has to be viewed in the context of the time. It was shortly after the war and the wounds left by the Japanese treatment of prisoners of war were still deeply felt. Some of the acting is a little over the top by today's standards. But, watch it, and try to imagine going through what these people (the allied POW's) went through. I enjoyed it. And I appreciate their sacrifice.


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