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Espionage Agent (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 30 September 1939 (USA)
When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Warren Duff (screen play), Michael Fessier (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Barry Corvall
Brenda Marshall ... Brenda Ballard
Jeffrey Lynn ... Lowell Warrington
George Bancroft ... Donald Garrett
Stanley Ridges ... Hamilton Peyton
James Stephenson ... Dr. Anton Rader
Howard Hickman ... Walter Forbes
Martin Kosleck ... Karl Mullen
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Corvall
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Paul Strawn (as Robert O. Davis)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Dr. Helm (as Hans Von Twardowski)
Lucien Prival ... Decker
Addison Richards ... Bruce Corvall
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Secretary of State
Granville Bates ... Phineas T. O'Grady
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When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy American industrial capability. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Trivia

Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Lloyd Ingraham (Woodrow Wilson), Alex Melesh (Headwaiter), Eddie Acuff (Taxi driver) and Mary Forbes. See more »

Goofs

Martin Kosleck is credited onscreen as Karl Mullen and shows a business card by that name, but he is consistently called Müller in the film. See more »

Quotes

Instructor: The machine offers a variety of 2,372 entirely original codes. That would give an inquisitive outsider 2,371 chances of being wrong, even if he had the machine to work with.
Student: Does this machine take the place of former code books?
Instructor: Oh, not at all.
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Connections

Referenced in Shining Through (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
(1889) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Brenda runs into Strawn at the Geneva bar
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terrorists in the U.S.?
26 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Joel McCrea is a member of the foreign service who inadvertently marries a part-time spy in "Espionage Agent." This is a very interesting film for several reasons. War is about to break out in Europe, and the U.S. is planning to stay neutral, and in fact, in one scene, an American broadcaster gives a call for neutrality.

After getting into the U.S. on a forged passport, McCrea's wife, played by the darkly beautiful Brenda Marshall, confesses her past associations, and states that she's been approached to do more favors for an espionage group. McCrea resigns his post, and with his wife's help, sets out to expose the spy network in the U.S.

In the aftermath of 9/11, watching a 67-year-old film where a group of people have agents in place throughout the country and sites ready to bomb is chilling.

There are some tense, exciting scenes and an attractive cast, but the film is more of historical interest than anything else. Look for TV Superman George Reeves in a very small, uncredited role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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