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Stand By All Networks (1942)

An intrepid radio reporter sets out to track down and expose Nazi agents.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Doris Malloy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Florence Rice ... Frances Prescott
John Beal ... Ben Fallon
Margaret Hayes ... Lela Cramer
Alan Baxter ... Victor
Mary Treen ... Nora Cassidy
Pierre Watkin ... Grant Neeley
Tim Ryan ... Police Inspector Ryan
Boyd Davis Boyd Davis ... Colonel Stanton
Kenneth MacDonald ... Captain Banion
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Monty Johnson (as Pat McVey)
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Storyline

In 1941, before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ben Fallon (John Beal), radio reporter and commentator, constantly uncovers evidence of spy-ring sabotage to the discomfiture of the police and the government. Ben is interested in Lela Cramer (Margaret Hayes), amateur flyer working for the radio station Ben broadcasts for and, at the request of Grant Neally (Pierre Watkin), his boss, asks Lela to give a job to Frances Prescott (Florence Rice). After several U.S. ships are torpedoed by German submarines, a few miles out in the Atlantic close to New York City, Ben begins to suspect a station employee may be feeding information to the Nazi agents. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

THE BROADCAST THAT ENEMY AGENTS COULDN'T STOP...BEFORE THEY STOPPED A HAIL OF YANK BULLETS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1942 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The bridge shown on screen is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but the radio station Ben Fallon works for has call letters beginning with "W" -- which would indicate an East Coast or Midwest location, not San Francisco, California. See more »

Quotes

Ben Fallon: This is Ben Fallon, your announcer. If we allow saboteurs to go unchallenged, then we must pay the price for complacency. There are enemies among us, and they must be found if we are to survive. Remember, enemy agents broke down the morale in Norway, Denmark, Belgium and France. Don't allow them to do that here. They're trying to soften us up so there won't be any fight left in us.
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A warning for the 21st Century
4 March 2006 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

Just before America's involvement in World War II, Ben Fallon, a popular newscaster for radio station WECA of the United Broadcasting System, thinks he might be beginning to unravel the growing story behind mysterious attacks on American infrastructure. Suspecting fifth-columnists, he begins to mix personal opinion into his newscasts, saying that stronger official steps need to be taken to halt the growing danger. But broadcast management (fearing censure by the Federal Communications Commission) confronts Fallon, saying he's overstepping his journalistic bounds and becoming inflammatory by opinionizing during his newscasts.

As friction mounts, revelations come forth from a tipster that a famous American might be connected to the destructive episodes. But the informant is found murdered, and when Pearl Harbor is attacked the reporter's investigations intensify, much to the consternation of his employers who keep insisting on only straightforward reporting of known facts, not conjecture.

'Stand By All Networks' wastes no words or actions painting a concise portrait of complacent isolationist America just before and after the sudden Pearl Harbor attacks and, as the story progresses, you'll be reminded of another attack on America nearly sixty years later.


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