Cloak and Dagger (1946)




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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 know Polda's whereabouts. Moving on to Italy, he links up with the partisans, falling in love with gorgeous resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer). Adopting a disguise, Jesper finally locates Polda and spends the last few reels in a desperate dash to freedom. Screenwriters Albert Maltz and Ring Lardner Jr. had originally intended Cloak and Dagger as a warning to a complacent America. Director Fritz Lang recalled in later years that, as conceived and filmed, the ending was to have occured after Jesper and a group of Allied soldiers stumbled upon the ruins of a secret Nazi A-bomb factory, as well as evidence that the German scientists had fled to parts unknown with their atomic secrets intact. "It's day one of the Atomic Age", Jesper was to have noted ruefully, "And God help us if we think we can keep it a secret much longer." This lengthy coda was removed from the final release print, transforming a thought-provoking drama into a mere romantic thriller. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Gary Cooper
as Prof. Alvah Jesper
Robert Alda
as Pinkie
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Dr. Polda
Marjorie Hoshelle
as Ann Dawson
Helene Thimig
as Katerin Loder
Dan Seymour
as Marsoli
James Flavin
as Col. Walsh
Pat O'Moore
as Englishman
Patrick O'Moore
as Englishman
Don Turner
as Lingg
Bruce Lister
as British Officer
Clifton Young
as American Commander
Ross Ford
as Paratrooper
Robert Coote
as Cronin
Hans Schumm
as German Agent
Peter Michael
as German Agent
Lotte Stein
as Nurse
Lynne Lyons
as Woman in Bank, Double
Eddie Parker
as Gestapo
Gil Perkins
as Gestapo
Bruce Lester
as British Officer
Leonardo Scavino
as Italian Soldier
Otto Reichow
as German Soldier
Arno Frey
as German Soldier
Bobby Santon
as Italian Boy
Elvira Curci
as Woman in Street
Hella Crosley
as Rachele
Douglas Walton
as British Pilot
Vernon P. Downing
as British Sergeant
Holmes Herbert
as British Officer
Frank Wilcox
as American Officer
Michael Burke
as OSS Agent
Eddie Dunn
as Radio Operator
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Critic Reviews for Cloak and Dagger

All Critics (8)

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Full Review… | July 21, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Old-fashioned espionage tale.

Full Review… | April 2, 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

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

Audience Reviews for Cloak and Dagger

This movie is interesting historically, but I liked it because it provided an unusual role for Gary Cooper, showing some range, and because the supporting cast was very good. I especially liked Lilli Palmer as an Italian teacher fighting Mussolini. It is also interesting that the story could be as contemporary as it is (which is not perfect) in 1946. That suggests some vision. I would recommend this to anyone who likes good old action movies.

Rater W W
Rater W W

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

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