The Purple V (1943)

Genres - Mystery, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though technically a Republic "B", the 58-minute The Purple V has glossy production values commensurate to a top-of-the-bill A picture. German expatriate Fritz Kortner plays the largest role, as an anti-Nazi schoolmaster who helps a downed American flyer (John Archer) reached Allied lines with vital war information. As usual, the Nazis are incredibly stupid and lead-footed, enabling the flyer to accomplish his mission. Featured in the cast is Peter Lawford in one of his first major roles of the 1940s (contrary to popular belief, Lawford was not "discovered" in this film, having made his American screen debut in 1938's Lord Jeff). The only drawback to the film is the lackluster performance by leading lady Mary McLeod.

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war, barnstorming, behind-enemy-lines, courage, crash, escape, schoolteacher, secrets