Waterfront (1944)

Genres - Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film, War Drama  |   Release Date - Jun 10, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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With such charismatic villains as John Carradine and J. Carroll Naish on hand in PRC's Waterfront, who cares about nominal leading man Terry Frost. The story is set in the docks of San Francisco, where Nazi spy Carl Decker (Naish) poses as a harmless optometrist. Decker is aided and abetted by fellow goose-stepper Victor Marlowe (Carradine), who keeps the local German-Americans in line by threatening them with reprisals against their families. The film's "Maguffin" is a code book, which briefly falls into the hands of hapless hero Jerry Donovan (Frost) and helpless heroine Freda Hauser (Maris Wrixon). Evidently the only thing that can save Democracy is a falling out between Decker and Marlowe, and that's just what happens in the final reel.

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espionage, agent [representative], Nazism, secrets, waterfront, optometry