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Based on the true story of a German-American recruited into a profascist organization, this 1939 Warner Brothers feature was Hollywood's first big anti-Nazi salvo, coscripted by fervent lefty John Wexley (Angels With Dirty Faces). Edward G. Robinson plays a G-man busting a Nazi spy ring, though he appears too little and too late to rescue a story freighted with newsreel footage, stentorian narration, and spinning-newspaper exposition. It's still pretty interesting as a snapshot of antifascist sentiment before the war in Europe; Wexley later claimed that HUAC chairman Martin Dies had lobbied Jack Warner to make the script critical of the Soviets as well. Anatole Litvak directed; with George Sanders and Paul Lukas. 102 min.

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