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This espionage thriller with romantic comedy touches was loosely based on the book American Black Chamber by the real-life head of the U.S. Secret Service during World War I, Herbert O. Yardley. Bill Gordon (William Powell) is a newspaper puzzle editor who becomes a lieutenant in 1917 when he enlists to fight in the First World War. Before shipping out, Bill meets and becomes attracted to Joel Carter (Rosalind Russell), the niece of John Carter (Samuel Hinds), the Assistant Secretary of War. When Joel learns about Bill's former occupation, she arranges for his transfer to the War Department, where he is put to work code breaking for Major Brennan (Lionel Atwill). When Brennan is murdered as the result of a German-Russian spy ring's machinations, Bill investigates the spies and a comely secret agent (Bonnie Barnes), which jeopardizes his newfound romance with Joel. Russell received the role because MGM's first choice, Myrna Loy, was refusing to work for the studio at the time.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2012
UPC: 0883316489314
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 22,783

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Lt. Bill Gordon/Anson Meridan
Rosalind Russell Joel Carter
Binnie Barnes Olivia Karloff
Lionel Atwill Maj. Charles Brennan
Cesar Romero Capt. Nikki Nikolajeff
Samuel S. Hinds John Carter, Assistant Secretary of War
Henry Stephenson Russian Ambassador Gregory
Frank Reicher Dr.Jackson
Charles Grapewin Prof. Martin
Leonard Mudie Roberts
Charles Trowbridge Secretary of War Baker
Lowden Adams Butler
Rudolph Anders Radio Operator
Johnny Arthur Code Room Clerk
Sam Ash Mexican
Sidney Bracey Doctor's Assistant
Harry C. Bradley Cashier
Lynton Brent Decoder
Al Bridge Sergeant
David Burns Bellhop who Speaks German
James P. Burtis Private
Charles Coleman Doorman
Gino Corrado Code Room Clerk
Edgar Dearing MP
Tom Dugan Agent Patrick O'Reilly
Margaret Dumont Mrs. Hendricks
Edward Earle Man in Code Room
James Flavin M.P.
Arno Frey Army Officer
Sherry Hall Pvt. Dean, a Decoder
Winter Hall Chaplain
John Harmon Telegrapher
Jack Hatfield Drug Store Clerk
Howard Hickman G-Man
Sterling Holloway Actor
Murray Kinnell de Segroff
Lee Kohlmar Tailor
Frank Lackteen Customs Officer in Mexico
Wally Maher Reporter
Sam McDaniel Porter
Belle Mitchell Mexican Peasant
William V. Mong Desk Clerk
Bert Moorhouse 2nd Lieutenant
Henry Mowbray Diplomat
Frank O'Connor Officer
Bob Perry G-Man
Lee Phelps Cop
Richard Powell Taxi Driver
Cyril Ring Actor
Sid Silvers Recruiter
Leonid Snegoff Kaieneff
William Stack Headwaiter
Larry Steers Extra in Church
Milburn Stone Carter's Aide
Guy Usher Ship's Captain
Monte Vandergrift Sailor
Theodore Von Eltz Desk Clerk-Assistant
Morgan Wallace Gardner Decoding Expert
Eileen O'Malley Red Cross Nurse
Blair Davies Sentry
Earl Eby G-Man

Technical Credits
William Howard Director
William Axt Score Composer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Bella Spewack Screenwriter
Samuel Spewack Screenwriter
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
P.J. Wolfson Screenwriter
Hugh Wynn Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rendezvous
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [4:11]

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