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Federal Operator 99 (1945)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 7 July 1945 (USA)
Crime lord Jim Belmont escapes FBI custody and begins a reign of thievery that is thwarted at every turn by Jerry Blake, the FBI's Operator 99.

Writers:

Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Jerry Blake
Helen Talbot ... Joyce Kingston
George J. Lewis ... Jim Belmont
Lorna Gray ... Rita Parker
Hal Taliaferro ... Matt Farrell
LeRoy Mason ... Morton [Chs. 1, 9-10]
William Stevens William Stevens ... Agent Fred Martin (as Bill Stevens)
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Signor Giuseppe Morello [Ch. 11]
Kernan Cripps ... Agent Thomas Jeffries [Ch. 1]
Elaine Lange Elaine Lange ... Countess Delremy [Ch. 1]
Frank Jaquet ... Warren Hunter [Ch. 2]
Forrest Taylor ... Otto Wolfe [Ch. 7]
Jay Novello ... Heinrick [Ch. 2]
Tom London ... Prof. Crawford [Chs. 5-6]
Jack Ingram ... Riggs [Ch. 1]
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Crime lord Jim Belmont escapes FBI custody and begins a reign of thievery that is thwarted at every turn by Jerry Blake, the FBI's Operator 99.

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SPECTACULAR ADVENTURE! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente Federal 99 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Case of the Crown Jewels
  • 2. The Case of the Stolen Ransom
  • 3. The Case of the Lawful Counterfeit
  • 4. The Case of the Telephone Code
  • 5. The Case of the Missing Expert
  • 6. The Case of the Double Trap
  • 7. The Case of the Golden Car
  • 8. The Case of the Invulnerable Criminal
  • 9. The Case of the Torn Blueprint
  • 10.The Case of the Hidden Witness
  • 11.The Case of the Stradivarius
  • 12.The Case of the Musical Clue
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Goofs

Chapter two: Jerry Blake bails out of the airplane over an open field, but lands in a wooded area. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening and next weeks chapters are displayed as case file folders. See more »

Connections

Edited into F.B.I. 99 (1966) See more »

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George J. Lewis's finest serial performance
17 September 2000 | by Barney BatSee all my reviews

This wonderful serial is from the Republic Studios heyday, 1937-1947, full of director Spencer Gordon Bennet's fantastically designed fistfights, and imaginative chapter endings. But the best things about this one are the excellent performances by everyone involved. Marten Lamont, who portrays the title character, gets much "into" his role and gives a much more animated performance than a lot of other serial heroes. I wish he had done more serials, but probably Republic decided that his charming British accent was too out of place. Lamont can be seen in small roles in Alfred Hitchcock's FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT and John Ford's HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY.

Helen Talbot, who played in hundreds of Republic B-Westerns opposite stars such as Don "Red" Barry and Allan "Rocky" Lane, is a very likeable heroine, and gets herself into a lot of nasty situations, although she is probably one of the only serial heroines to never get knocked unconcious in the course of the whole serial.

As for the bad guys, George J. Lewis gives his greatest serial performance as the suave, urbane, music-loving master criminal Jim Belmont. Although Lewis did lots of other serials, this was his only part as a "brains" heavy, and he gives it everything he's got.

Equally impressive is the talented Lorna Grey, as Belmont's henchwoman, Rita Parker. Miss Grey is almost as nasty in her portrayal of Rita as she was as Vultura in NYOKA AND THE TIGERMEN, three years earlier. And yet, in several other serials, she played the heroine, and just recently I saw her in a old Three Stooges short on AMC, as the scatter-brained wife of a wealthy tycoon. Truly a versatile actress!

As for the supporting cast, Hal Taliferro, as Belmont's chief gunman, is a typically tough and stupid "action" heavy. Ernie Adams has an entertaning bit as a reporter, and all of Republic's stuntmen pop up as assorted hoods, more than once. But the crowning performances are by Lamont and Lewis, both in brief moments of glory.


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