State Department File 649 (1949)

Genres - Spy Film, War  |   Sub-Genres - Resistance Film  |   Release Date - Feb 11, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Those scurrilous Chinese communists are up to their old tricks in the 1949 flagwaver State Department - File 649. William Lundigan plays Ken, an operative of the U.S. Foreign Service stationed in North China. Ken is one of several people trapped in a remote village by evil warlord Yun Usu (Richard Loo), who intends to sell his services to the highest bidder, be they Red or otherwise. Our hero manages to get a message out to the Free World before the film's operatically self-sacrificial climax. The characterizations are of the cardboard variety and the dialogue is straight out of Fu Manchu. Still, State Department - File 649 is a fascinating encapsulation of postwar political propaganda.

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trapped, government-agent, State-Department, village, warlord, espionage, Mongolian [nationality]