Enemy Agent (1940)

61 mins | Drama | 19 April 1940

Director:

Lew Landers

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

Fritz Van Dongen is listed in a production chart in HR and the Call Bureau Cast Sheet lists, for the role of "Dr. Jeffrey Arnold," Van Dongen and Philip Dorn are the same person. ...

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Fritz Van Dongen is listed in a production chart in HR and the Call Bureau Cast Sheet lists, for the role of "Dr. Jeffrey Arnold," Van Dongen and Philip Dorn are the same person.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Apr 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
26 Apr 1940
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 1940
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
9 Apr 1940
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
13 Apr 1940
p. 44
New York Times
22 Apr 1940
p. 13
Variety
24 Apr 1940
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Harold H. MacArthur
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Ted Kent
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
R. A. Gausman
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd tech
PRODUCTION MISC
Elec
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 April 1940
Production Date:
began mid Jan 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co.
28 March 1940
LP9505
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6087
SYNOPSIS

Enemy agents, under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Arnold, infiltrate an aviation plant in order to acquire the secret plans for the United States Army's Flying Fortress and secret bomb sites. After the murder of his agent Evans, an engineer at the plant, Arnold assigns Lester Taylor to finish the job. The FBI, on Evans trail, summons Jimmy Saunders, a young draftsman at the plant, for questioning, but learns nothing. Meanwhile, Taylor begins to date lunchroom hostess Irene Hunter, who comments on his unusual matches. When the FBI announces plans to search the plant, Taylor puts a watch camera in Jimmy's Locker and he is arrested as a spy. After he is released for lack of evidence, Jimmy is unable to find work because of his notoriety, and begins to drink. Arnold then instructs Taylor to arrange a job for Jimmy in Kansas City, where he can be quietly eliminated. Taylor writes the address of the job on the back of an envelope bearing the words "Lionel Carter care of Lester Taylor", and becoming suspicious, Jimmy breaks into Taylor's apartment, where he finds photographs of the secret plans and a bank book. When Taylor unexpectedly returns home and discovers Jimmy hiding in his closet, he has him arrested for trespassing. As Jimmy languishes behind bars, Peggy O'Reilly, a waitress at the lunchroom, visits him and he tells her that he has hidden a photo that will prove his innocence. When Peggy tells Irene about Jimmy's confidence, Irene searches his apartment and then his car, where she finds the photo. Irene then informs Taylor that Jimmy has accused him ...

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Enemy agents, under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Arnold, infiltrate an aviation plant in order to acquire the secret plans for the United States Army's Flying Fortress and secret bomb sites. After the murder of his agent Evans, an engineer at the plant, Arnold assigns Lester Taylor to finish the job. The FBI, on Evans trail, summons Jimmy Saunders, a young draftsman at the plant, for questioning, but learns nothing. Meanwhile, Taylor begins to date lunchroom hostess Irene Hunter, who comments on his unusual matches. When the FBI announces plans to search the plant, Taylor puts a watch camera in Jimmy's Locker and he is arrested as a spy. After he is released for lack of evidence, Jimmy is unable to find work because of his notoriety, and begins to drink. Arnold then instructs Taylor to arrange a job for Jimmy in Kansas City, where he can be quietly eliminated. Taylor writes the address of the job on the back of an envelope bearing the words "Lionel Carter care of Lester Taylor", and becoming suspicious, Jimmy breaks into Taylor's apartment, where he finds photographs of the secret plans and a bank book. When Taylor unexpectedly returns home and discovers Jimmy hiding in his closet, he has him arrested for trespassing. As Jimmy languishes behind bars, Peggy O'Reilly, a waitress at the lunchroom, visits him and he tells her that he has hidden a photo that will prove his innocence. When Peggy tells Irene about Jimmy's confidence, Irene searches his apartment and then his car, where she finds the photo. Irene then informs Taylor that Jimmy has accused him of being a spy. Later that night, they meet Arnold at a nightclub where Irene notices that he is using the same matches as Taylor. The next day, Jimmy is released from prison and kidnapped by Arnold's thugs. That night, Irene visits Arnold and offers to sell him the plans. As Arnold begins to threaten Irene, her drunken friends burst into the house and stage a football game in which they tackle Arnold's bodyguards. The drunks then reveal that they are government agents and are arresting Arnold and his men to free Jimmy. Thus exonerated, Jimmy is reinstated at the plant and marries Peggy.

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