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I Was An American Spy (1951)

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Ann Dvorak delivers a bravura performance in Allied Artists' I Was an American Spy. Dvorak portrays real-life American heroine Claire Phillips, who after her husband perishes in the Bataan death march offers to work as an espionage agent on behalf of the U.S. army. She poses as an Italian nightclub owner and sets up shop in Japanese-occupied Manila. In this guise, she provides invaluable information to her American contact (Gene Evans). Eventually found out, Mrs. Phillips is subjected to the most heinous forms of torture, then sentenced to death by firing squad. It is giving nothing away to reveal that, at war's end, Claire Phillips received the Freedom Medal from her grateful government. Film connoisseurs consider I Was an American Spy to be the best non-western effort from director Lesley Selander.

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Ann Dvorak
as Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips
Douglas Kennedy
as Sgt. John Phillips
Richard Loo
as Col. Masamato
Gene Evans
as Cpl. John Boone
Chabing
as Lolita
Philip Ahn
as Capt. Arito
Leo Abbey
as Torres
Toshi Nakaki
as Japanese Guard
Jerry Fujikawa
as Japanese Guard
Weaver Levy
as Japanese Guard
Gil Herman
as Lieutenant
George Fields
as Harmonica Player
Dennis Moore
as Sgt. Borden
Richard H. Bartlett
as American Soldier
Riley Hill
as Thompson
Kane Nakano
as Advance Guard
Lane Nakano
as Advance Guard
Eddie Lee
as Japanese MP
William Yip
as Gen. Saito
Frank Iwanaga
as Submarine Officer
Harold Fong
as Japanese Lieutenant
Sun Li
as Japanese Soldier
Artarne Wong
as Japanese MP
Harry Hamada
as Japanese Lieutenant
John Damler
as Soldier
Jack Reynolds
as US Sergeant
William Tannen
as US Army Captain
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Emotionally powerful low-budget war story.

April 13, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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