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Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger (1946)

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Release Date: Sep 28, 1946 Wide

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Inspired by actual events, Cloak and Dagger was first major "atomic power" melodrama of the postwar era. Gary Cooper stars as bookish physics professor Alvah Jesper, a character obviously based on A-bomb codeveloper J. Robert Oppenheimer. Pressed into service by the OSS in the last months of WW2, Jasper is sent to Europe in search of Dr. Polda (Vladimir Sokoloff), an atomic scientist held captive by the Nazis. In Switzerland, Jesper quickly runs afoul of enemy spies who murder the only person to

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2) | DVD (7)

Old-fashioned espionage tale.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Starring Gary Cooper and Lili Plamer, Fritz Lang's WWII melodrama is one of the first Hollywood pictures to deal with the global threats of the atomic bomb.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The ugly ruthlessness on both sides of the conflict attests to Lang's pragmatic refusal to pit simple "good" versus "evil"

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Minor spy thriller has some good touches from the great Fritz Lang.

July 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Much longer and less focused that You Only Live Once, it's still a vintage Lang picture and worth seeing.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Cloak and Dagger

Good not great film with Coop's character annoyingly dense and obtuse at times which puts others in grave danger. Lilli is strong suffering none of Gary's indecision. Not top flight Lang but all his films are worth seeing and this one has many quality moments.
June 6, 2012
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A confusing, at times very boring, but at other times pretty good spy movie from the forties.
October 21, 2010
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Alfred Hitchcock was not the only great director to make anti-Nazi porpaganda films. Fritz Lang, himself an escapee from Nazi Germany, made this film to warn of the dangers of atomic power in the hands of fascists. It's essentially a spy film as it follows scientist Gary Cooper as he infiltrates an enemy project to produce an atomic bomb. Fritz Lang's keen eye for black and white photography and gritty drama works really well in the early scenes as he cranks up the suspense as Cooper evades the Gestapo to help rescue an eminent scientist from their clutches. Unfortunately things nose dive at the appearance of Lilli Palmer, although her character is initially intriguing. Casablanca proved that used subtly, a doomed romance between star crossed lovers can compliment political intrigue brilliantly. The ham-fisted approach in evidence here couldn't be further away though, as Palmer's fiery and proud partisan soon has her heart melted and she becomes an insipid doe-eyed lump who is just waiting for a strong American to take her away from all this. The fact that this corny Mills & Boonery makes the tough guy heroics and gritty realism take a back seat for a solid twenty minutes nearly kills the film stone dead. It gets much better for the finale when it returns to the point but it just serves to highlight what a missed opportunity this film really was.
November 18, 2008
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