I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)

Genres - Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film, Melodrama, Message Movie  |   Release Date - May 2, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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I Was a Communist for the FBI is every bit as ridiculous as its title would suggest. In terms of the actual story, one hardly need view it to know what is going to happen, what line it is going to take, and what kind of slanders it will indulge in. This is a propaganda film, pure and simple, and while there are certain aspects of the film that are rooted in truth, the rabid anti-Communist slant it takes makes it incredible and undermines its own arguments. That being said, however, Communist on the whole is much better than many other propaganda pieces; not in it story or take on social history, but in terms of the talent that went into making it. Director Gordon M. Douglas directs with a distinctly appealing style, creating excitement and thrills; if one can ignore the words that are being said and concentrate on the way the story is being told, Communist is pretty entertaining. Similarly, the cast is in fine form, with Frank Lovejoy a more than acceptable protagonist and the supporting cast just fine. Those who are able to ignore the film's heavyhanded agitprop screenplay may find themselves decently entertained.