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½ May 11, 2015
A semi documentary style movie on the F.B.I.durring world war 2 doing counter spy work against Germain spys.
December 5, 2014
I quite liked this film noir, which can basically be considered a police procedural of work done by the FBI against Stateside Nazis during World War II or a propaganda film in support of the FBI. The cast was excellent, the story was solid and the direction by Henry Hathaway was inspired.
½ March 21, 2014
a thriller about nazi's spies? yes film noir-not really
½ August 7, 2013
Based on real events, this docu-drama was a forerunner to television's movie-of-the-week. Nazis nearly purloined prized info from the Manhattan project.
Super Reviewer
½ July 16, 2013
Docu-drama film-noir of the FBI's efforts in the 40's. Bill Dietrich (Eythe) becomes a double agent for the FBI. His task is to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring. The film believably carries out the style of a documentary. Nice twist at the end.
½ March 4, 2013
Chilling espionage thriller with gritty documentary approach--FBI smashes Nazi spy ring in New York!!
½ April 20, 2011
Interesting docu-noir from Fox, who were proficient in this kind of stuff, with a behind-the-scenes look at wartime FBI tactics sussing out Nazi spies.
½ April 10, 2011
a docu-drama based on a real life case of espionage during the WW2 era. it gets described as a noir but it generally lacks the elements that make the noir genre what it is. with the calm, authoritative narrator, and what comes across as essentially reenactment, it just feels like government propaganda rather than tense crime drama.
March 12, 2011
Great police procedural flick with noirish stylings.
Super Reviewer
½ January 7, 2011
This is from the fox Film Noir Collection and is a semi documentary film, shows the FBI at work in those early days of the European conflict. Henry Hathaway, the director, focus on the work behind the scenes of a group of German spies, operating in New York and how the FBI is able to infiltrate the group. If your into Film Noir and ole school black and white you might enjoy it. I can only muster up 2 1/2 Stars on this one
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2010
Boring, confusing, I didn't get it. I usually like film noir, but I didn't like this movie.
August 1, 2010
Remains more than anything else a curio, and it's hard not to conclude its legacy wasn't a new kind of cinema - America soon reverted to glossy, Technicolor type - but a masterplan for procedural television: its rigorous location shooting laid the foundations for the "Hill Street Blues"/"Law & Order" school, while the script's forensic approach, code-cracking and obsessive information gathering (not to mention its government-knows-best subtexts) clearly foresee "CSI" and its various imitators. It may also be the only film in existence where Hiroshima counts as some sort of happy ending.
July 29, 2010
The documentary style adds a good element of realism to this spy drama, but even so it stands up well as a story on its own.
July 7, 2010
Had some fun with Google Earth to see how the locations had changed in NYC.
½ April 2, 2010
Despite the fact that it's part of the "Fox Film Noir" line, it barely conforms to the standards of the genre. It's a semi-documentary about counter-espionage efforts to disrupt Nazi spies in the US. It's a very dry affair, with a full 8 minutes of introductory background and very little drama throughout. Some of the stuff that reveals the techniques of the FBI are mildly interesting, but mostly the film just plods along until the climax, which is exciting but not enough to salvage the rest of it. Most of the leads are rather flat, but Lloyd Nolan is fun to watch as the agent, and Lydia St. Clair is an amusing Rosa Klebb type. Otherwise, a pretty dull FBI puff piece.
½ March 13, 2010
A quasi-documentary spy thriller about the FBI's counter-espionage efforts during World War II, this is one of the better documentary noirs I've seen because the plot is actually suspenseful. The FBI infiltrates a Nazi spy ring operating in the US, based on a real case surrounding Nazi efforts to discover the secret behind the atomic bomb. Lots of real footage and real FBI agents play many of the non-lead roles.
October 1, 2008
Pretty good spy thriller (despite it's usual tag this is NOT a film noir) about a German/American FBI agent infiltrating a group of Nazis in New York City who are attempting to steal the secret of the A Bomb.
A notable picture being that it is the first film that can be classed as a docu-drama or police procedural (this film had the full cooperation of the FBI, and introduced the public to many of its tools - such as newly devised two-way mirrors - and methods in solving crimes). Instead of being shot on studio backlots it was shot on location on the streets of NYC and used many actual FBI employees in background roles to add to its realism.
½ June 16, 2008
A 98 minute advertisment telling us how amazing the FBI is. A poorly written, boring one at that.
August 14, 2007
a spy thriller marketed as a film noir, but isn't really a noir....noir is as much about emotion and character as it is about setting and lighting....the voiceover narration makes the film feel robotic, and the characters are not developed very well, i.e. we know little about their true motivations....the film succeeds as a quasi-documentary but has little else to recommend it.
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