|THEY MADE HER A SPY (director: Jack Hively; screenwriters: Jo Pagano/Michael Kanin/story by George Bricker & Lionel Houser; cinematographer: Nicholas Musuraca; editor: Harry Marker; music: Roy Webb; cast: Sally Eilers (Irene Eaton), Fritz Leiber (Dr. Krull), Allan Lane (James Huntley), Theodor Von Eltz (Colonel Page), Frank M. Thomas (Colonel Shaw), Larry Blake (Ben Dawson), Pierre Watkin (Col. Wilson), Addison Richards (Everett Brock, Congessional Investigator), Louis J. Heydt (Gillian), Spencer Charters (Lucius), Charles Halton (Beldon); Runtime: 69; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert Sisk; RKO; 1939)|
|"Suspenseful espionage story."
by Dennis Schwartz
Hively ("Panama Lady"/"Street of
Chance"/"Four Jacks and a Jill") adequately helms this
suspenseful espionage story. It's based on a story by
George Bricker & Lionel Houser, and is
written by Jo Pagano and Michael Kanin. It stars Sally
Eilers, a Mack Sennett's discovery, who was once
dubbed "the most beautiful girl in movies."
Her popularity was declining in the mid-thirties, so
Sally now played character roles and starred in B-
Eaton (Sally Eilers) quits her job and
moves to Washington, D.C. after her Army
lieutenant brother is killed by sabotage.
Vowing to help catch the foreign spies who did the
foul deed, she works for the government and signs on
with Colonel Shaw (Frank M. Thomas),
of Army Intelligence, to work undercover. At the Dome
Cafe she meets the spy field chief, Dr. Krull (Fritz
Leiber), who assigns her to work with the
spy photographer Huntley (Allan Lane, played
cowboy hero Red Ryder). Shaw encourages her to
infiltrate the spy ring and locate its mystery
become hairy when Shaw is abducted by the spy ring and
faces death unless he reveals secret plans of the
military. When he refuses to cooperate, he's driven by
the spies to be executed. Irene risks her life to help
him escape, but that is just the beginning of some
remarkable twists in the story. Eventually when the
spy brain is disclosed and chased, he jumps to his
death from the top of the Washington Monument.
REVIEWED ON 10/28/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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