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The FBI Story (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | October 1959 (USA)
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A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay), John Twist (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... John Michael 'Chip' Hardesty
Vera Miles ... Lucy Ann Hardesty
Murray Hamilton ... Sam Crandall
Larry Pennell ... George Crandall
Nick Adams ... John Gilbert 'Jack' Graham
Diane Jergens ... Jennie Hardesty
Jean Willes ... Anna Sage
Joyce Taylor ... Anne Hardesty
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Mario
Parley Baer ... Harry Dakins
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Dwight McCutcheon
Ed Prentiss ... U.S. Marshal
Robert Gist ... Medicine Salesman
Buzz Martin ... Mike Hardesty
Ken Mayer ... Casket Salesman (as Kenneth Mayer)
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Storyline

The story of the FBI unfolds through the eyes of one of its agents. During his career he investigates gangsters, swindlers, the klu klux klan, Nazi agents and cold war spies. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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You are crouched in a basement stairway opposite a theatre in Chicago. Keep your eyes on that FBI man across the street. He has set the trap for deadly public enemy, John Dillinger... See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimagent des FBI See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (UK)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Goofs

When Stewart's son is killed, he says his son died at 5:25am (Iwo Jima time) during the initial invasion and that his son didn't even get to see the sun rise. The first waves of Marines did not hit the beach until 0900. The naval bombardment began at 5:25am. There were no amphibious invasions done in darkness because of the lack of light for Marines and the fact that ships and amphibious boats would have been back-lit by the moon, making them easy targets. See more »

Quotes

Firing range instructor: [Holding up an automatic weapon] Let me repeat again - get to know this weapon. Craftiness can solve many a criminal case, but with hoodlums you sometimes need a good conscientious, hard-working machine gun.
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Connections

References Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Music by James Pierpont
Played on the phonograph
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James Earl Jones as an uncredited star
10 February 2006 | by j_keamighSee all my reviews

Has anyone noticed that James Earl Jones is the waiter who is serving when Hagarty's wife reveals that she is pregnant while they are at the restaurant next to the lake. I watched this movie on a video that I had taped off of the television. When I watched this scene I thought I recognized the voice of Jones when the "waiter" laughed at the end. I rewound the tape then slowly stepped through that part as the camera pulled back and showed the waiter. Listen closely as the waiter laughs when Hagarty looks up and tells him that they are going to have a baby, then watch closely or slow down the scene when the camera shows the waiter, albeit, quickly.


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