State Department---File 649 (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

State Department---File 6491948

State Department---File 649 (1948)





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Those scurrilous Chinese communists are up to their old tricks in the 1949 flagwaver State Department - File 649. William Lundigan plays Ken, an operative of the U.S. Foreign Service stationed in North China. Ken is one of several people trapped in a remote village by evil warlord Yun Usu (Richard Loo), who intends to sell his services to the highest bidder, be they Red or otherwise. Our hero manages to get a message out to the Free World before the film's operatically self-sacrificial climax. The characterizations are of the cardboard variety and the dialogue is straight out of Fu Manchu. Still, State Department - File 649 is a fascinating encapsulation of postwar political propaganda.

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William Lundigan
as Kenneth R. Seeley
Virginia Bruce
as Margaret 'Marge' Weldon
Richard Loo
as Marshal Yun Usu
Jonathan Hale
as Director General of Foreign Service
Frank Ferguson
as Consul Reither
Philip Ahn
as Col. Aram
Raymond Bond
as Consul Brown
Milton Kibbee
as Bill Sneed
Victor Sen Yung
as Johnny Han
John Holland
as Ballinger
Harlan Warde
as Rev. Morse
Carole Donne
as Mrs. Morse
Robert Stephenson
as Mongolian Spy
Joseph Crehan
as Government Official
Ray Bennett
as Fur Trader
Nana Bryant
as Peggy Brown
Fred Coby
as Vice-Consul
John Halloran
as Examining Board Member
Spencer Chan
as Chinese Man
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