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The Sickle or the Cross (1949)

Approved | | Drama, War | 1 July 1949 (USA)
Reverend John Burnside, American missionary in the Far East, prepares to return home after twenty years to take up the fight against Communism. The Reds imprison him and send in his place a... See full summary »

Director:

Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)

Writers:

Jesse Lasky Jr. (original screenplay), Jesse Lasky Jr. (documentary script)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Taylor ... Rev. John Burnside
Gloria Holden ... Louise Cannon
Gene Lockhart ... James John
David Bruce ... George Hart
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Walter Deems
Kathleen Lockhart ... Martha Deems
Margaret Kerry ... Betty Deems
Arthur Stone Arthur Stone ... Tommy Deems
Dudley Dickerson ... Horatio
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Mrs. Burnside
Robert Emmett Keane ... Dr. Soams
John Eldredge ... Rev. Dodge
Ivan Triesault ... I.V. Morse
Charles Halton ... Dr. Short
Gene Roth ... Pakin
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Storyline

Reverend John Burnside, American missionary in the Far East, prepares to return home after twenty years to take up the fight against Communism. The Reds imprison him and send in his place a spy who is his double, but who is instructed to come out for Communism. The spy is accepted in Burnside's home town, and he reports to local Communist headquarters, where James John, prominent local businessman but in reality a Red agent, has instructions to assist him in all details of his mission. He does a series of personal appearances and radio interviews and talk shows, using an anti-Communist approach. Meanwhile, he is getting the chance to see how Americans live, and the part that religion plays in their lives, and there is also a slight romance between him and Burnside's former sweetheart, Louise Cannon, who thinks he is the man she knew twenty-years previously. Then comes the night when he is scheduled to go on the air on an international hook-up, at which time he is do an about-face and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeds of Destruction See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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