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Espionage Agent (1939)





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Unlike many another pre-WW II spy melodramas, Espionage Agent clearly identifies the villains as Germans. Joel McCrea plays Barry Corvall, the son of a recently deceased US diplomat. Boarding a Berlin-bound train, Corvall attempts to swipe a briefcase stuffed with documents which will prove that the Nazis have been infiltrating vital industrial centers in the United States. He is helped along by Brenda Ballard (Brenda Marshall), whose behavior suggests at times that she might not be all that trustworthy. According to the Warner Bros. publicity machine, Warren Duff's screenplay was based on actual events. Coming on the heels of the studio's Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Espionage Agent was indication enough that Warners had declared war on Germany long before President Roosevelt made it official.


Joel McCrea
as Barry Corvall
Brenda Marshall
as Brenda Ballard
Jeffrey Lynn
as Lowell Warrington
George Bancroft
as Dudley Garrett
Stanley Ridges
as Hamilton Peyton
Howard Hickman
as Walter Forbes
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Corvall
Rudolph Anders
as Paul Strawn
Addison Richards
as Bruce Corvall
Edwin Stanley
as Secretary of State
Glenn Langan
as Student
Lionel Royce
as Hoffmeyer
Henry Victor
as Foreign official
Lloyd Ingraham
as Woodrow Wilson
Chris-Pin Martin
as Tunisian Guard
Martin Kosleck
as Karl Mullen
Granville Bates
as Phineas T. O'Grady
Stuart Holmes
as American
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. O'Grady
John Harron
as American
Fern Barry
as American
Al Lloyd
as American
Eddie Graham
as American
Sally Sage
as American
Alice Connors
as American
Vera Lewis
as Militant woman
Dorothy Vaughan
as Stout woman
Alex Melesh
as Headwaiter
George Irving
as Elderly official
Emmett Vogan
as Instructor
Selmer Jackson
as Instructor
Selmar Jackson
as Instructor
John Hamilton
as Code room instructor
Rolf Lindau
as Foreign agent
Egon Brecher
as Detective Larson
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Peyton
Billy McClain
as Manservant
George Reeves
as Warrington's secretary
Winifred Harris
as Lady Ashford
Eddie Acuff
as Taxi driver
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Critic Reviews for Espionage Agent

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Espionage Agent is filled with as many improbabilities as spies, and it is almost as hard to avoid spotting them.

October 25, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The whole job seems to have been done very easily.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

A taut pre-WWII spy film from Warner Brothers directed by Lloyd Bacon.

August 3, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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