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Secret Service (1931)

Lewis Dumont, a Northern officer in the American Civil War, works undercover behind Confederate lines in an attempt to lead Southern forces away from an area in which a Northern attack is ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

William Gillette (play), Bernard Schubert (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Captain Lewis Dumont
William Post Jr. ... Lieutenant Henry Dumont
Shirley Grey ... Miss Edith Varney
Nance O'Neil ... Mrs. Varney
Harold Kinney Harold Kinney ... Lieutenant Howard Varney
Gavin Gordon ... Mr. Arlesford
Florence Lake ... Miss Caroline Mitford
Frederick Burton ... General Randolph
Clarence Muse ... Jonas Polk
Eugene Jackson Eugene Jackson ... Israel Polk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
E. Alyn Warren ... General U.S. Grant
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Storyline

Lewis Dumont, a Northern officer in the American Civil War, works undercover behind Confederate lines in an attempt to lead Southern forces away from an area in which a Northern attack is planned. But Dumont falls in love with a Southern girl and when she proves useful to his plan, his conscience begins to tear at him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eroi senza gloria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 5 October 1898. There were 3 Broadway revivals, the last in 1976. See more »

Connections

Version of Great Performances: Secret Service (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Part of a medley of Civil War songs played during the opening credits
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Union spy penetrates Confederate telegraphy office but falls for Southern belle.
25 July 2003 | by Silents FanSee all my reviews

This creaky old espionage flick is based on a play by William Gillette, who also wrote the popular Sherlock Holmes play. Richard Dix is suitably stoic in the lead role as the Union spy masquerading as a Confederate artillery officer from Texas. The movie is surprisingly gritty for the time. An innocent black man is hanged for spying and Dix's character's brother shoots himself to maintain Dix's cover. The racial stereotypes are broad and offensive, and the phony southern accents are thick enough to cut with a knife. Gavin Gordon, as the ruthless confederate spymaster, steals the show. William Gillette isn't Ian Fleming and Richard Dix isn't Sean Connery. This movie would be of interest primarily to those interested in William Gillette or to the fans of Richard Dix.


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