Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1945. Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Charles G. Booth, Screenplay by Barre Lyndon, Charles G. Booth, John Monks Jr.. Cinematography by Norbert Brodine. Produced by Louis De Rochemont. Music by David Buttolph. Production Design by Lewis H. Creber, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin. Film Editing by Harmon Jones. Academy Awards 1945.
Despite having the skeletal appearance of drama, this pot boiler is little more than a propaganda film for the FBI. Opening with a dully narrated look at the formation of the bureau and its grand works, it then focuses in on the story of a double agent who works for the KGB in aid of the United States’ efforts to win the newly begun Cold War. Stiff situations and caricature performances do nothing to make it particularly interesting except as an example of the most unsubtle ways in which government imposed its requirements on the populace in post-war America. Inexplicably won an Academy Award for writing despite its being more documentary than drama.