Cloak and Dagger

Synopsis: Toward the end of World War II, the allied secret service receives a partial message indicating that the Germans are researching nuclear energy to build atomic bombs. In Midwestern University, the scientist Alvah Jesper is called up by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to meet his former colleague Dr. Katerin Lodor in Switzerland and bring her to North America. However, his mission fails and Dr. Lodor is killed by the Nazis but first she informs that Alvah's acquaintance Dr. Giovanni Polda is working for the Nazis in Italy. Dr. Jesper travels to Italy and with the support of the Italian partisans leaded by Pinkie and Gina, he has a meeting with Dr. Polda that is under the surveillance of the Gestapo. The scientist tells him that his daughter Maria had been abducted by the Gestapo and Alvah makes a deal with Dr. Polda, promising to release Maria first and bringing them to North America. While Pinkie travels to rescue Maria, Alvah stays with Gina and they fall in love for each other
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: WARNER
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106 min

C'est moi.

I thought you'd

never show up.

We're crowding call time.

Get the piano going. This will be

a short one. I'll put it in code.

Anything sensational?

No. Some are pitchblende.

Forty carloads.

Heading North? Yeah. For Germany.

Highball. He didn't even

get the chance to sign off.

Pitchblende from Czechoslovakia.

Pitchblende from Spain.

Two hundred and fifty carloads

out of Germany in the past 30 days.

And British intelligence says they've taken

the whole output of monazite from Norway.

Our trouble is we haven't enough

people who can analyze scientific data.

Pitchblende and monazite.

I'll be out of town till tomorrow. I've

got to talk to somebody who can analyze it.

Who's there?

An old fraternity brother.

Why, Clem.

How are you?

Don't know how I am. I've been

wandering through cellars...

and breaking down doors

trying to get to you.

- Are you hiding something from me?

- No.

But what are you hiding from me?

I thought you were in the army.

To put you in your place,

I'm a colonel.

Then why the civilian

clothes? I'm in O.S.S.

Never heard of it. That's fine. We're

not supposed to get any publicity.

It's the office of

strategic services.

Around Washington we're called

the Cloak-and-Dagger boys.

Sounds romantic.

Sure. Very.

We do a lot of things, Alvah.

Intelligence work. Morale stuff.

Operations behind

the enemy lines.

Why are you telling me

all this if it's so hush-hush?

How's work

in nuclear physics these days?

So-so. Don't close up on me.

Well, it's hush-hush too, Clem-

government work.

I know. You're working on

the Manhattan project.

That's why I'm here.

What does this

mean to you?

Pitchblende's for Uranium.

Monazite's for Thorium.

We're not working with Thorium anymore.

235 has a more convenient atomic structure.

Any chance the Germans have learned

something about Thorium we don't know?

The Germans?

I wouldn't think so. But... quantities

like these aren't for the laboratory.

They're for

large-scale operations.

Do you think they might be

working on an atomic bomb too?

We've all wondered.

They got the brains.

They know as much about

nuclear fission as we do.

Well, Alvah, they are

working on an atom bomb.

Mm-hmm. Clem,

this is the first time I was

ever sorry I'm a scientist.



in a few years, we'll be able to break

up the atomic structure of this apple.

When we do that,

it will become a bomb.

The energy in this one, little apple could

pulverize this university, this whole town,

its fine hospitals,

its libraries,

its wonderful medical schools, to

say nothing of all the people in it.


we still wouldn't be able

to make one, little apple.

We're running ahead of ourselves.

Society isn't ready for atomic energy.

I'm scared stiff.

For the first time, thousands of allied

scientists are working together to make what?

A bomb! But who was willing to finance science

before the war to wipe out tuberculosis?

And when are we gonna be given a

Billion Dollars to wipe out cancer?

I tell you,

we could do it in one year.

But if anybody's going to develop

the Atom bomb, you want it to be us,

not the Nazis.

Not much choice in that.

Alvah, we need

more trained men on this.

We've got to know

how far the Germans have gone.

Where they're working.

How we can stop them.

Most of our agents

aren't equipped.

They don't know

what to look for.

They're missing clues, I know.

This is a race.

It's the Germans or us.

We've got to get more

scientists into our outfit.

How about what

I'm doing here?

I'm already authorized to take

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Albert Maltz

Albert Maltz was an American playwright, fiction writer and screenwriter. He was one of the Hollywood Ten who were jailed in 1950 for their 1947 refusal to testify before the US Congress about their involvement with the Communist Party USA. more…

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