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Joe Smith, American (1942)

Passed | | Drama | February 1942 (USA)
Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Paul Gallico (based upon: the Cosmopolitan Magazine story by), Allen Rivkin (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Joe Smith
Marsha Hunt ... Mary Smith
Harvey Stephens ... Freddie Dunhill
Darryl Hickman ... Johnny Smith
Jonathan Hale ... Blake McKettrick
Noel Madison ... Schricker
Don Costello ... Mead
Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony ... Conway
William Forrest ... August 'Gus' Stoffen
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Edgerton
Mark Daniels ... Pete
William Tannen ... Eddie
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Storyline

Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to get him to betray his country. He escapes and leads the FBI to his captors. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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The Story of an Average American Fmaily

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikaneren Joe Smith See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie was one of ten selected by the East and West Association to be sent to asian countries as "most representative" of American life. See more »


Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
(circa 1743) (uncredited)
Music and Latin lyrics by John Francis Wade
Played offscreen at the church in a flashback sequence
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Very good flagwaver
22 January 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Refreshingly free of cant and surprisingly low on propaganda, Joe Smith American is one of the best 'B' features you'll ever see--it was so good, in fact, that it opened in 1942 atop the bill at movie theatres in New York City. Robert Young plays the titular character, an all American 'Joe' who won't spill his guts about a secret bomb sight to the bad guys--even after being tortured and threatened with death. The torture sequence is surely one of the most grueling things committed to celluloid from the period, and in addition to being spectacularly shot by Charles Lawton Jr. was masterfully lit by one of MGM's superbly trained and uncredited craftsmen. The cloth binding used to blind and gag Young, coupled with the narrative use of his inner voice, anticipates the bleak and distressing Johnny Got His Gun by thirty years. And while the film is certainly a tribute to American patriotism--witness the fascinating schoolyard rendition of My Country Tis of Thee, complete with an odd fascist style salute to the flag--it pointedly allows Young's character to sleep in on Sundays and miss church!


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