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Federal Operator 99 (1945)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 7 July 1945 (USA)
Crime lord Jim Belmont escapes FBI custody and begins a reign of thievery that is thwarted at every turn by Jerry Blake, the FBI's Operator 99.

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Albert DeMond (original screenplay), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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This is a shortened version of the 1945 Republic serial "Federal Operator 99," and was released in a syndication package to television in 1966.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Yakima Canutt, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Marten Lamont, Helen Talbot, George J. Lewis
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Cast overview:
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Jerry Blake
Helen Talbot ... Joyce Kingston
George J. Lewis ... Jim Belmont
Lorna Gray ... Rita Parker
Hal Taliaferro ... Matt Farrell
LeRoy Mason ... Morton [Chs. 1, 9-10]
William Stevens William Stevens ... Agent Fred Martin (as Bill Stevens)
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Signor Giuseppe Morello [Ch. 11]
Kernan Cripps ... Agent Thomas Jeffries [Ch. 1]
Elaine Lange Elaine Lange ... Countess Delremy [Ch. 1]
Frank Jaquet ... Warren Hunter [Ch. 2]
Forrest Taylor ... Otto Wolfe [Ch. 7]
Jay Novello ... Heinrick [Ch. 2]
Tom London ... Prof. Crawford [Chs. 5-6]
Jack Ingram ... Riggs [Ch. 1]
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Crime lord Jim Belmont escapes FBI custody and begins a reign of thievery that is thwarted at every turn by Jerry Blake, the FBI's Operator 99.

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A SUPER-SLEUTH COMBATS A MENACING CRIME WAVE WITH THE SCIENTIFIC METHODS OF TOMORROW! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente Federal 99 See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Case of the Crown Jewels
  • 2. The Case of the Stolen Ransom
  • 3. The Case of the Lawful Counterfeit
  • 4. The Case of the Telephone Code
  • 5. The Case of the Missing Expert
  • 6. The Case of the Double Trap
  • 7. The Case of the Golden Car
  • 8. The Case of the Invulnerable Criminal
  • 9. The Case of the Torn Blueprint
  • 10.The Case of the Hidden Witness
  • 11.The Case of the Stradivarius
  • 12.The Case of the Musical Clue
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Chapter two: Jerry Blake bails out of the airplane over an open field, but lands in a wooded area. See more »

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Opening and next weeks chapters are displayed as case file folders. See more »

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Edited into F.B.I. 99 (1966) See more »

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Jerry Blake vs. Jim Belmont
21 January 2003 | by stp43See all my reviews

Republic's serials were usually the most exciting of the genre, and for this 1945 entry a bit of a twist was added. The fantasy element inherent in serials was toned down, and here we have a more realistic but still engagingly over the top action story.

Jim Belmont is a master criminal who is rescued from his captor, FBI Agent Tom Jeffries, by his chief gunman Matt Farrell. Once reunited with his gang, Belmont relaxes by incessant playing of the piano, and then goes to work to enrichen his empire, first with a plan to steal crown jewels from the countess of a European principality. For this and other tasks he has a large army of co-conspirators, led by Farrell and also by Belmont's moll, Rita Parker.

Rita and another gunman, Riggs, get information on the countess from the FBI's West coast office, and promptly run into the new agent assigned to track down Belmont, Jerry Blake. Rita escapes but Riggs is shot and Tom Jeffries' secretary, Joyce Kingston (quite a few serial ladies were named Joyce for some reason), is freed from capture. Belmont knows Blake from previous encounters, and warns his mob not to underrate him. This proves the case when Farrell steals the crown jewels only to see Blake free the captured countess and take off on pursuit.

A series of crimes then ensues, as Blake works to frustrate Belmont only to see Belmont escape. At one point Rita is captured, but a trap to snare Belmont goes wrong and the criminal and his moll escape.

Marten Lamont is very sympathetic as Jerry Blake. Part James Bond (he speaks with a mild British accept) and part Joe Friday, Jerry steadily becomes more disconsolate at Belmont's escapes, nicely illustrated when he must record a letter to his superiors updating the pursuit. George J. Lewis meanwhile adds menace through his unflappable demeanor.

Both men are ably abetted by the two ladies involved. Helen Talbot is spunky as Joyce Kingston and Lorna Gray adds a nice noir touch as Rita Parker.


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