The FBI Story

Synopsis: The story of the FBI unfolds through the eyes of one of its agents. During his career he investigates gangsters, swindlers, the klu klux klan, Nazi agents and cold war spies.
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Director(s): Mervyn LeRoy
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 nomination.
149 min

Flight number 21.

Flight number 21, leaving at 6: 15,

now boarding at gate 12.

Webster's International Dictionary

defines murder... the unlawful taking of human life

by another human being.

On a November evening in 1955,

the definition became obsolete.

A mass murder was being planned.

The instrument of murder

was hidden in a battered suitcase... a Midwest airport.

There'll be an excess

weight charge of $ 13.

Goodness, I didn't know

it was that heavy.

Only one person in the world knew why

the woman's luggage was so heavy.

Only one man knew

that a time bomb...

...was buried in the contents

of her suitcase.

He knew because he was the man

who had put it there.

He also knew that the suitcase

would be placed... the cargo pit of an airplane.

An airplane scheduled

to carry four crew members...

...and 45 passengers.

- Here you are, Mrs. King.

- Thank you.

- Sign right here, Mother.

- Life insurance?

Yeah, I'm superstitious.

It's only when somebody hasn't got it

that things seem to go wrong.

Oh, my.

Thirty-seven thousand five hundred.

- Maybe you'll be rich.

- I hope not.

Oh, now, don't you worry

about me, son.

These airships fly millions of miles

without an accident.

I'll be dropping you a postcard

from Portland tomorrow.

Your attention, please.

This is the final call

for flight number 21.

- Flight 21 boarding at gate 12.

- That's us. Come on.

All aboard, please.

Now, you be careful while I'm away.

Don't get into any more trouble.

I won't. Now, you better get aboard.

- Goodbye, darling.

- Goodbye.

- Goodbye, dear.

- Goodbye, Mother.


The murder took place at 7:37,

on schedule.

And 49 men, women and children,

who never had anything in common...

...became final companions.

A number of organizations

were immediately involved... of them an agency at 9th

and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.

Thousands of men and women

work for this organization.

Their daily chores

and their lives make up:

A few hours after

the Colorado airplane disaster...

...FBI agents joined with engineers

and CAB investigators... collect and study the evidence.

The floor of a warehouse

was converted...

...into a scaled-down grid map

of the crash scene.

Each piece of wreckage

was placed on the grid... the exact position

in which it was found.

The next step was to reassemble

the pieces into a rough facsimile...

...of the destroyed plane.

This revealed a jagged hole

near cargo pit number four.

The Civil Aeronautics Board

asked the FBI... begin a sabotage investigation.

In less than three hours, over 100 agents

in 20 different cities went to work...

...digging into the backgrounds

of passengers and crew members.

They were looking

for any stray item...

...which might indicate sabotage...

...or murder.

They talked to everyone concerned:

Relatives, friends and enemies.

I understand that you were

acquainted with Mrs. King.

Yes, sir.

She used to live right next door there

with her kid.

He forged a check once or twice...

...and he was pinched

for bootlegging.

Remember anything else

that might help us?

No, except his mother

didn't seem to mind very much.

She acted like he was just having

a streak of bad manners or something.

That's about all I can recall.

I guess it doesn't amount to much.

But it did amount to something.

It brought into focus the name

and the face of Jack Graham.

It wasn't much, but sometimes

it doesn't take much.

One time, a crowbar

won't bend a cobweb.

Another time, a falling leaf

will start an avalanche.

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Richard L. Breen

Richard L. Breen (June 26, 1918 – February 1, 1967) was a Hollywood screenwriter and director. more…

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