Foreign Agent (1942)

Genres - Action, Drama, Spy Film  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director William "One Take" Beaudine slapped together Foreign Agent in a week or so, enabling Monogram to ship the picture to theaters before its subject matter grew stale. Set in a Hollywood movie studio (sure looks like the cramped Monogram headquarters), the story concerns a gang of Nazi agents who want to get their filthy mitts on a searchlight filter developed by studio technician Jimmy (John Shelton). Unable to alert the authorities, Jimmy is forced to turn sleuth himself to rout out and round up the villains-all played by such overly obvious types as Hans Schumm and Ivan Lebedeff (a Lithuanian actor, here cast as a Japanese!). Heroine Gale Storm sings two songs, including the deathless "It's Taps for the Japs." Jack Mulhall, who used to star in films of this nature, plays a bit role as a studio film editor.

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agent [representative], capture, enemy, espionage, foreign, gangster, nightclub, plans, songwriter, studio, war