6.2/10
161
17 user

Joe Smith, American (1942)

Passed | | Drama | February 1942 (USA)
Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Paul Gallico (based upon: the Cosmopolitan Magazine story by), Allen Rivkin (screen play)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman
Lost Angel (1943)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Marsha Hunt
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After losing her young son, Edna Gladney opposes the unfair laws discriminating against children whose parents are unknown, and opens an orphanage for those children.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio
The Hucksters (1947)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Rory Calhoun
China Sky (1945)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The conflicts of war-torn China are reflected in miniature within an American mission hospital.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ruth Warrick, Ellen Drew
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Stefan Dangos immigrates to America and works his way up from the iron mines and steel mills to become a great American success story as an industrialist.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ann Richards, Walter Abel
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Unbeknownst to him, a soldier is sent on a doomed mission because of the high likelihood of him divulging secrets if captured and tortured.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Suzy Parker, Bradford Dillman, Harry Andrews
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Drama about former WW2 Marines readjusting to civilian life and dealing with their mental and physical traumas.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Mitchum, Guy Madison
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Joe Smith
Marsha Hunt ... Mary Smith
Harvey Stephens ... Freddie Dunhill
Darryl Hickman ... Johnny Smith
Jonathan Hale ... Blake McKettrick
Noel Madison ... Schricker
Don Costello ... Mead
Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony ... Conway
William Forrest ... August 'Gus' Stoffen
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Edgerton
Mark Daniels ... Pete
William Tannen ... Eddie
Edit

Storyline

Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to get him to betray his country. He escapes and leads the FBI to his captors. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Story of an Average American Fmaily

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikaneren Joe Smith See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Tuesday 3 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 27 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and by San Francisco 11 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally aired in New York City 26 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
(circa 1743) (uncredited)
Music and Latin lyrics by John Francis Wade
Played offscreen at the church in a flashback sequence
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great WW II Propaganda Film
20 December 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This film deals with a man called Joe Smith, (Robert Young), who works in a airplane factory and is assigned to working on a new bomb-sight and has knowledge of the blue prints which is top secret. Joe is married to Mary Smith, (Marsha Hunt) and they are a very happy couple until one day Joe is kidnapped by four men who want all the information concerning Joe's knowledge of the bomb-sight plans. Joe is beaten and blind folded and as he is being transported Joe uses all the sounds that he hears while riding in a car to locate just where the kidnappers are taking him. This is a great B film and is very well produced and directed and Robert Young and Marsha Hunt give an outstanding performance.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed