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I Was an American Spy (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 14 April 1951 (USA)
During WW2, an American woman posing as an Italian cabaret owner spies on the Japanese in Manila but becomes the target of a suspicious Japanese intelligence officer.

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
Dimples Cooper Dimples Cooper ... Lolita (as Chabing)
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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TENSE! TRUE! FROM THE "READER'S DIGEST" SENSATION THAT SHOCKED A NATION! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Penultimate film for Ann Dvorak. See more »

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When Japanese planes are shown bombing Philippine targets, a short clip of American Boeing B-29s is included. See more »

Quotes

Pacio: High Pockets is alive, Compadre. I know. They torture her.
Thompson: I don't believe it. They'd have killed her first thing.
Cpl. John Boone: Shut up. How'd you find out?
Pacio: Fely. She take food in prison. Find out High Pockets alive.
Cpl. John Boone: All right, get your gear. Mac, hustle 'em up.
Thompson: Now, don't jump the gun. This boy could be wrong.
Cpl. John Boone: So what? There's still a chance.
Thompson: Look, our troops are on their way back. A full invasion. If she's alive, let the army rescue her. We can't go down there with a handful of maniacs tryin' to take a ...
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Soundtracks

Because of You
(uncredited)
Music by Dudley Wilkinson
Lyrics by Arthur Hammerstein
Sung by Ann Dvorak
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Enjoyable...but what is the TRUE story of Claire Phillips?
25 March 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During WWII, Claire Phillips was stuck in Manila after the Philippines fell to the Japanese. Following her husband's death, she apparently became an important member of the underground...though she did it in wide open as a hostess of a night club. The story is interesting and should have been made...but there is one serious problem. It seems that Claire was a liar. Yes, some of this DID happen but later when folks began investigating her claims, they found many exaggerations and outright lies. It's a shame...but the film still is entertaining and worth your time.

In the lead is Ann Dvorak. It's one of her last films and she was good in the role..particularly because she was older and less glamorous...and looked a lot like Phillips. The direction and production were all good...and the only reason I don't give the film a higher score is due to the dubious nature of the details of her exploits.


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