The FBI Story (1959)
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as John Michael ('Chip') Hardesty
as Lucy Ann Hardesty
as Sam Crandall
as John Gilbert ('Jack') Graham
as George Crandall
as Jennie as an Adult
as Anna Sage
as Anne as an Adult
as Harry Dakins
as US Marshal
as Medicine Salesman
as Mike as an Adult
as Casket Salesman
as Mrs. Ballard
as Wedding Minister
as John Dillinger
as Baby Face Nelson
Critic Reviews for The FBI Story
LeRoy's picture is an uncritical, decently made salute to the FBI and Edgar Hoover
Several things about this film left me less than enthusiastic about it.
Audience Reviews for The FBI Story
Although THE FBI STORY survives on the charisma of its leading man, James Stewart, only the a viewer interested in a McCarthy-era curio should see this one. Technical proficiency from director and Hollywood shill Mervyn LeRoy (THE GREEN BERETS, THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO) is not enough to commend this dated piece of propaganda. LeRoy manages to keep a pulse in this 2 1/2 hour long FBI advertisement, but the viewer must sit through Stewart's domestic troubles and mid-life crises. But even in its overlength, THE FBI STORY has enough to earn a "fresh" rating from me-- just barely. Chief among the film's boons are its several chase scenes and shootouts, my favorite being the shot on location Dillinger sequence. The film is also unintentionally risible at points, including Stewart's earnest quip: "On Sunday morning he left the house. He couldn't be going to work. Since he was a Communist, we knew he wasn't going to church." That was perhaps the highlight of this Pinko-era flick, which doesn't leave it with much to stand on.
Jimmy Stewart is ALWAYS good, his movies are top notch at all times. Good performances, suspenseful and a very interesting story. I liked the style of the film. Compelling.
Intriguing condensation of some the FBI's major cases.
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