Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Cloak and Dagger

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ring Lardner, Albert Maltz, Ring Lardner Jr.
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On DVD: Apr 30, 2013
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Cast


as Prof. Alvah Jesper

as Pinkie

as Dr. Polda

as Ann Dawson

as Katerin Loder

as Marsoli

as Englishman

as Col. Walsh

as Englishman

as British Officer

as American Commander

as Paratrooper

as Cronin

as German Agent

as German Agent

as Woman in Bank, Doubl...

as Gestapo

as Gestapo

as British Officer

as Italian Soldier

as German Soldier

as German Soldier

as Italian Boy

as Woman in Street

as British Sergeant

as British Pilot

as British Officer

as American Officer

as OSS Agent

as Radio Operator
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Critic Reviews for Cloak and Dagger

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Old-fashioned espionage tale.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

The ugly ruthlessness on both sides of the conflict attests to Lang's pragmatic refusal to pit simple "good" versus "evil"

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
CinePassion

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.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A confusing, at times very boring, but at other times pretty good spy movie from the forties.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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xGary Xx

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