Navy Secrets (1939)

60 mins | Drama | 8 February 1939

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Navy Girl . According to an item in LAT , Anne Nagel was originally slated for the lead in this picture, and it was to have been produced by Lindsley ... More Less

The working title of this film was Navy Girl . According to an item in LAT , Anne Nagel was originally slated for the lead in this picture, and it was to have been produced by Lindsley Parsons. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Feb 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Feb 39
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 38
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 39
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
3 Nov 1938.
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Motion Picture Herald
7 Jan 39
p. 24.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Feb 39
p. 48.
Variety
22 Mar 39
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Scott R. Dunlap in charge of prod
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
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SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Shore Leave" by Steve Fisher in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Aug 1938).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Navy Girl
Release Date:
8 February 1939
Production Date:
began mid December 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 January 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8611
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4992
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When secret plans for the U.S. Navy's new range finder are stolen, enlisted man Jimmy is arrested by the F.B.I. Chief Petty Officer Steve Roberts is given an envelope to deliver in Jimmy's place to an unnamed person on shore and enlists the help of Jimmy's girl friend, Carol Evans. They go to Nick Cilatto's restaurant, where Nick orders one of his men to pose as a drunk in the bathroom and frisk Steve for the letter. Carol, however, has the letter and the attempt fails. After making a phone call to Slavins, who conducted "business" with Jimmy earlier, Nick directs Steve and Carol to Joe Benje's bar, where Nick says Jimmy sold stamps. At Benje's, Slavins, who is unsure of Steve, refuses the envelope, and the unnamed boss gives orders to have Steve followed. Benje tells Steve the "stamp man" wants him to call at 267 Malone Street in half an hour. When Carol suggests they take a ride in the park instead of delivering the envelope, Steve kisses her and proposes. At the Malone Steet apartment, Carol waits in the cab while Steve walks in on a poker game. One of the spies offers Steve $500 for the envelope, but he gets nervous and says that Jimmy should handle the matter himself. The men then search Steve, but once again Carol has the envelope. She is eavesdropping on the fire escape and after learning the name of the boss, Cronjer, calls him to deliver the envelope herself. Steve escapes through a window and jumps into Carol's departing cab. She tries to elude Steve, but he follows her ... +


When secret plans for the U.S. Navy's new range finder are stolen, enlisted man Jimmy is arrested by the F.B.I. Chief Petty Officer Steve Roberts is given an envelope to deliver in Jimmy's place to an unnamed person on shore and enlists the help of Jimmy's girl friend, Carol Evans. They go to Nick Cilatto's restaurant, where Nick orders one of his men to pose as a drunk in the bathroom and frisk Steve for the letter. Carol, however, has the letter and the attempt fails. After making a phone call to Slavins, who conducted "business" with Jimmy earlier, Nick directs Steve and Carol to Joe Benje's bar, where Nick says Jimmy sold stamps. At Benje's, Slavins, who is unsure of Steve, refuses the envelope, and the unnamed boss gives orders to have Steve followed. Benje tells Steve the "stamp man" wants him to call at 267 Malone Street in half an hour. When Carol suggests they take a ride in the park instead of delivering the envelope, Steve kisses her and proposes. At the Malone Steet apartment, Carol waits in the cab while Steve walks in on a poker game. One of the spies offers Steve $500 for the envelope, but he gets nervous and says that Jimmy should handle the matter himself. The men then search Steve, but once again Carol has the envelope. She is eavesdropping on the fire escape and after learning the name of the boss, Cronjer, calls him to deliver the envelope herself. Steve escapes through a window and jumps into Carol's departing cab. She tries to elude Steve, but he follows her to Cronjer's. Upon receiving the envelope, Cronjer rejects it and orders his men to "take care" of Carol. Meanwhile, the spies investigate Steve and find out he is supposed to be in the brig with Jimmy. The man posing as Steve is a G-man. The gang binds and gags Steve, and Carol, who has escaped her captors, returns to rescue him and calls the police, who apprehend the spies. A few days later, Carol, who is really special agent Matthews, meets Steve in a Naval Intelligence office and realizes that she and Steve, whose name is Fletcher, have both been working undercover. Fletcher and Matthews are then promised a shared assignment in Honolulu. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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