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Secret Command (1944)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 30 July 1944 (USA)
Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven ... See full summary »

Director:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Eddie Sutherland)

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), John Hawkins (story "The Saboteurs") | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat O'Brien ... Sam Gallagher
Carole Landis ... Jill McGann
Chester Morris ... Jeff Gallagher
Ruth Warrick ... Lea Damaron
Barton MacLane ... Red Kelly
Tom Tully ... Colonel Hugo Von Braun aka 'Brownie' Brownell
Wallace Ford ... Miller
Howard Freeman ... Max Lessing
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Ben Royall
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Curly
Frank Sully ... Shawn
Frank Fenton ... Simms
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... James Thane
Carol Nugent ... Joan
Richard Lyon ... Paul
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Storyline

Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven years, in the Seaboard Shipyards as a "pileback" in order to track down a gang of Nazi spies who are plotting to sabotage the shipyards. Jill McCann (Carole Landis),an FBI agent, poses as Sam's wife, and two children, 6-year-old Paul (Richard Lyon), and 4-year-old-Joan (Carol Nugent),complete his "cover family." THe set-up looks fishy to Jeff, and he imparts his suspicions to Lea Damoran (Ruth Warrick, the girl both brothers had courted in the old days. Meanwhile, Sam works hard and makes friends with most of the men in his crew. He gets a line on the saboteurs and one by one, their identities are revealed to him. The Nazis, led by Brownell (Tom Tully)who, in reality, is Colonel Von Braun of the German Gestapo, plan to blow up the yard while an aircraft carrier is docked there. Jeff's noisy ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adapted from THE SATURDAY EVENING POST Story "The Saboteurs" (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Secret Command See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Terneen Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was the first and only one produced by Terneen Productions, co-owned by Pat O'Brien and Phil L. Ryan. See more »

Goofs

After Jeff falls from the gantry and is rescued by Sam, they are putting the "unconscious" Jeff on a stretcher and he visibly lifts his right arm up on to the stretcher. See more »

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Heiling Hitler with My Fingers Crossed
3 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Government agent Pat O'Brien goes undercover at a shipyard where his estranged brother Chester Morris works. Pat's trying to root out Nazi saboteurs. Part of his cover is that stunning Carole Landis pretends to be his wife. Something tells me they didn't have to twist Pat's arm to take this assignment. The look on Pat's face when he comes home to see Carole in her tight-fitting dress is priceless. Well paced WW2 espionage movie with a decent script and likable leads. Very nice supporting cast includes Ruth Warrick, Barton MacLane, Tom Tully, and Wallace Ford. One of those little hidden gems you come across on TCM every once in awhile. A must-see for Carole Landis fans.


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