The Argyle Secrets (1948)

64 mins | Melodrama | 7 May 1948

Director:

Cy Endfield

Writer:

Cy Endfield

Cinematographer:

Mack Stengler

Editor:

Gregg G. Tallas

Production Designer:

Rudi Feld

Production Company:

Eronel Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Cyril Endfield's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by Cyril Endfield." According to a 29 Feb 1948 NYT article, producers Samuel X. Abarbanel and Alan H. Posner budgeted the film at $125,000 and, with the guarantee of a release from Film Classics, obtained a standard production loan of seventy percent of the budget from the Bank of America, contingent upon their raising the additional thirty percent. By deferring payment of some salaries and the laboratory and studio charges, and obtaining small personal loans, the producers were able to make up the remaining $37,500. The film was shot in eight days and came in $12,000 under budget. Early cast lists indicate that Jonathan Hale was to have played ... More Less

Cyril Endfield's onscreen credit reads: "Written and directed by Cyril Endfield." According to a 29 Feb 1948 NYT article, producers Samuel X. Abarbanel and Alan H. Posner budgeted the film at $125,000 and, with the guarantee of a release from Film Classics, obtained a standard production loan of seventy percent of the budget from the Bank of America, contingent upon their raising the additional thirty percent. By deferring payment of some salaries and the laboratory and studio charges, and obtaining small personal loans, the producers were able to make up the remaining $37,500. The film was shot in eight days and came in $12,000 under budget. Early cast lists indicate that Jonathan Hale was to have played "Winter." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Apr 1948.
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Daily Variety
19 Apr 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Apr 48
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
24 Apr 48
p. 66.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 48
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 48
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
13 May 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Feb 48
p. 4069.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Apr 48
p. 4137.
New York Times
29 Feb 1948.
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Variety
21 Apr 48
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Lewis J. Rachmil in Charge of Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus score
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
Grip
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the radio play "The Argyle Album" by Cyril Endfield on Suspense (CBS, 13 Dec 1945).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 May 1948
Production Date:
early January--mid January 1948 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Eronel Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 March 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1476
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
5,772
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12948
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Allen Pierce, an important newspaper columnist who has been working on an exposé of Nazi sympathizers, is in a Washington hospital when he is visited by reporter Harry Mitchell. After Pierce entrusts Harry with a photocopy of the cover of the Argyle Album, which contains the names of the conspirators, Pierce dies suddenly and a steel scalpel is found sticking in his chest. Harry is suspected of having murdered him and becomes a fugitive from the law. In order to clear himself, he attempts to find the album but several international blackmailers are after it as well and believe he has it. Marla, one of a group of blackmailers led by a Mr. Winter, is assigned to follow Harry, and he is severely beaten by her henchmen, even though he is unaware of the contents of the album and does not know where it is. Later, Marla tells Harry about the history of the album and its list of important Nazi conspirators and adds that Winter wants the album in order to blackmail the traitors. After Marla allows him to escape, Harry's investigations lead him to a marine salvage business run by a fence, Jor McBrod, who had found the original incriminating evidence and had taken it to Pierce in the hope of obtaining a payoff. McBrod threatens Harry, but Panama, one of the blackmailers, comes to his rescue by shooting McBrod, who then kills Panama. Harry decides to turn himself in to the police, but Lt. Samuel Samson informs him that they have a new suspect, the doctor who was in charge of Pierce's case. An autopsy has revealed that Pierce died of heart failure due to a ... +


Allen Pierce, an important newspaper columnist who has been working on an exposé of Nazi sympathizers, is in a Washington hospital when he is visited by reporter Harry Mitchell. After Pierce entrusts Harry with a photocopy of the cover of the Argyle Album, which contains the names of the conspirators, Pierce dies suddenly and a steel scalpel is found sticking in his chest. Harry is suspected of having murdered him and becomes a fugitive from the law. In order to clear himself, he attempts to find the album but several international blackmailers are after it as well and believe he has it. Marla, one of a group of blackmailers led by a Mr. Winter, is assigned to follow Harry, and he is severely beaten by her henchmen, even though he is unaware of the contents of the album and does not know where it is. Later, Marla tells Harry about the history of the album and its list of important Nazi conspirators and adds that Winter wants the album in order to blackmail the traitors. After Marla allows him to escape, Harry's investigations lead him to a marine salvage business run by a fence, Jor McBrod, who had found the original incriminating evidence and had taken it to Pierce in the hope of obtaining a payoff. McBrod threatens Harry, but Panama, one of the blackmailers, comes to his rescue by shooting McBrod, who then kills Panama. Harry decides to turn himself in to the police, but Lt. Samuel Samson informs him that they have a new suspect, the doctor who was in charge of Pierce's case. An autopsy has revealed that Pierce died of heart failure due to a drug overdose and was already dead when stabbed. Marla agrees to help Harry look for the album but her former boss, Winter, and his assistant Gil catch up with him. As Winter is one of the men exposed in the album as having committed treason during the war, he paid Pierce's doctor to kill Pierce. To save his own life, Harry says that he has the album with him, then is able to turn Gil's allegiance away from Winter. Winter shoots Gil, but Gil manages to strangle him before he dies. After Harry recovers the album from Pierce's secretary, Elizabeth Court, to whom McBrod had mailed it before he knew Pierce was dead, Marla then makes an unsuccessful attempt to get the album away from him at gunpoint. Harry, however, outwits her and plans to publish the album's contents as a tribute to Pierce. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Espionage


Subject

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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