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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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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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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 Secret Service (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Part of a medley of Civil War songs played during the opening credits
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Forgotten Civil War Film
27 July 2003 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Two brothers, both members of the Union's SECRET SERVICE, make their way behind Confederate lines to assist in the capture of Richmond.

Based on a play by the celebrated American stage actor William Gillette, this nearly forgotten Civil War film offers an interesting espionage plot and three actors worth watching.

Sturdy leading man Richard Dix provides a fine performance as a conflicted hero who would probably have gotten shot by both sides if captured. Even when the dialogue given him was substandard, Dix could always be counted on to instill some life into his character.

Gavin Gordon plays the Virginia official, consumed with jealousy, who engages Dix in a deadly war of wits. Wonderful Clarence Muse brings real heart to his portrayal of a friendly slave whose good nature gets him into terrible trouble.

The film has definite drawbacks. The romance Dix has with a Southern belle (Shirley Grey) is neither convincing nor compelling. The spy plot, dealing greatly with multiple coded telegraph messages, is rather difficult to follow. And the film fairly cries out for a background score to push the action along (Max Steiner, later one of the big names in cinematic music, provides the scant score).


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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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