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The Spy Ring (1938)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 8 January 1938 (USA)
Two American-army officers are working on a new type of machine-gun for anti-aircraft warfare, when one of them is murdered. The other vows to get the spies that are after the invention and avenge his friend's death.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Francis Van Wyck Mason (story "The Enemy's Goal") (as Frank Van Wyck Mason), George Waggner (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Hall ... Capt. Todd Hayden
Jane Wyman ... Elaine Burdette
Esther Ralston ... Jean Bruce (as Jane Carleton)
Robert Warwick ... Col. Burdette
Leon Ames ... Frank Denton
Ben Alexander ... Capt. Don Mayhew
Don Barclay ... Private Timothy O'Reilly
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... General A. R. Bowen
Paul Sutton ... Charley (Spy-Ring Chauffeur)
Jack Mulhall ... Capt. Tex Randolph
LeRoy Mason ... Paul Douglas
Harry Woods ... Capt. Holden
Phillip Trent ... Capt. Robert Scott
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Storyline

The absence of stagecoaches and covered wagons didn't keep director Joseph H. "Wagon Wheel" Lewis from employing his usual camera set-ups of shooting scenes from behind and through various props and fixtures, and the inclusion of a polo game enabled him to get his usual "hitching post" shot, in addition to shooting over and through automobile hood ornaments, champagne bottles, balloons and mirror reflections. The source that dubbed this one in the "musical" genre obviously never saw the film, as there are no songs and only a rinky-dink piece of music used at the Officer's Club dance. This one is about a gang of independent spies after a cigar-shaped device that guarantees accuracy on artillery and large weapons. The spies are headed by Paul Douglas, Jean Bruce and Frank Denton, while Captain Todd Hayden is the protector of the device, and in love with the Colonel's daughter, Elaine Burdette. Most of the action is placed at the Presido in Montery and most of it revolves around the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Plotters Gamble Death for Anti-Aircraft Secrets! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

International Spy See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Part of the original Shock Theatre package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »

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In the final scene, as the camera slowly zooms in on the characters through the flames of the fireplace, you can clearly hear someone say "action" immediately before William Hall delivers his first line. See more »

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Nice early look at Jane Wyman
13 April 2005 | by davetedsSee all my reviews

This is now a very obscure film which is only somewhat interesting. It is meant to be a spy story with a little polo thrown in. The spy intrigue angle is only made somewhat interesting and the polo is hard to watch with such an old grainy film. The acting is generally poor, William Hall has kind of a creepy toothy smile that makes him look silly in this role. The studio was just trying Hall out as a leading man and apparently he failed because he was relegated to minor roles for the most part after this film. Some of the supporting actors are quite good, though, and Jane Wyman comes across quite well in a small role with no real dialog to work with. The original story by F.V.W. Mason is quite a bit more interesting than this watchable but not particularly recommended film.


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