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Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Gary Cooper , Robert Alda , Fritz Lang  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Robert Alda, Lilli Palmer, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Writers: Alastair MacBain, Albert Maltz, Boris Ingster, Corey Ford, John Larkin
  • Producers: Milton Sperling
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RV0H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cloak and Dagger" on IMDb

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From legendary director Fritz Lang comes an engrossing spy thriller years ahead of its time. Gary Cooper is an American scientist, parachuted into war-torn Nazi Germany to obtain military secrets. But the deeper he probes, the deadlier his mission becomes...especially when his involvement with mysterious Lilli Palmer catapults him into an intense maelstrom of danger, betrayal and murder.

Cloak and Dagger will go down in history as one of the first post-war, atomic power, spy thrillers. Gary Cooper is physics professor Alvah Jesper, sent to Europe on a secret mission to uncover the Nazis' atomic bomb program. The elements are all there for success: the legendary director Fritz Lang, Gary Cooper, World War II, spyies, murder, romance, the beautiful Lilli Palmer, and the danger of atomic power in the hands of the Nazis. But somehow it all falls a little flat. Cloak and Dagger is still worth checking out for fans of post-war espionage films and cinephiles interested in the historical pairing of Lang and Cooper. Unfortunately, most will find the film dated and should seek to satisfy their post-war cravings with Carol Reed's The Third Man --Rob Bracco

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coop, As A Snoop! May 29, 2010
Cloak And Dagger was made in '46, barely after the end of WWII. It is filled with the horrors of war and dangers of espionage, especially when attempted by scientists that have been recruited for the causes of their respective countries. The Coop-man makes a very interesting clandestine figure. The black and whites of this noir film are rich in texture, the shadowy contrasts, artistic. Robert Alda is both irritating and loveable as Pinky, and Lilly Palmer is a surprise as a possible romantic role to play off Cooper. The language of the movie contains Fascist and Nazi phrases which heighten the uneasiness of viewers as we await each new frighening development. The reason to watch any such movie is for the nail-biting suspense of seeing how the characters will get out of each new scrape and of course the main reason to watch it is Gary Cooper. He does not disappoint. His acting always appears effortless.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why does everyone think its dated? September 4, 2008
i loved the film and the action scenes were well made.i never got the sense it was dated and i enjoyed the film all the way through.gary cooper acted nicely as always and this film is one reason why gary cooper is my favorite actor.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The parts are greater than the whole. August 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Fritz Lang was one of the world's directing treasures, yet too few people know his name. With credits such as M, Metropolis, The Woman in the Window and The Big Heat (as well as many brilliant lesser-known, often German-language films), he helped to *invent* many genre conventions that are now cliches. He is also one of two filmmakers who really influenced Hitchcock in concrete ways (Val Lewton being the other).
In many ways Cloak and Dagger is ahead of its time, and in others it is disappointingly dated. It offers several great scenes but loses its way several times as well. It starts out with some overly pretentious scenes as American nuclear scientist Gary Cooper is approached to help the Allies rescue a brilliant scientist held behind enemy lines. Then there are a couple of nice fights and some good direction and rising suspense as the mission gets underway. Then, it becomes a story of Gary Cooper meeting and falling in love with Lilli Palmer, a devoted but despondent member of the Italian underground fighting in WW2. But this is not really the story that the early portions had been building up to, so while the middle section is not bad, it is slower and seems out-of-place. Then when we return to the action of the Allied team rescuing a scientist held by fascists (none of which we see, hurting the film a lot), the impressive final shootout lacks the impact it should have had. And the movie takes a quick, easy way out of the situation, nullifying much of the suspense that had again been achieved and leaving a sour taste.
So despite all its small triumphs, Cloak and Dagger has to be classified a near- miss.
P.S. The best scene involves a struggle between Cooper and someone who has found him out. He has to keep the man from shouting for help to the policeman right outside.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloak and Dagger December 3, 2011
By Brian
Great Film.Good Film Noir nailbiter.Gary is sent into enemy territory during the final days of WW2 to find an atomic scientist(Valdimir Sokoloff)working for the Axis(Who the scientist hates)to come over to the Allies..
DR Cooper,of course,has his problems with Nazi agents and underground fighter(Lili Palmer)Who Gary,needless to say,falls for.
My only problem with this film is the original film is not restored.
The version here is Gary finds the scientist and the mission comes to a happy ending.
Second version,The scientist dies on the plane,but Gary finds a picture of the atomic plant where he worked in his pocket.Coop finds the plant,but sadly its deseted.Gary walks out and sees advancing US troops and says,This is year one of the Atomic Age.
The second version was cut,according to Dir Fritz Lang and probably doesnt exist.Warners thought it was too soon after Hiroshima and would have left a bad taste in the publics mouth.
Parts of the film dont make sense,Sample Lili says to Gary,The Americans are only a few weeks away.What American troops?Perhaps someday the film will be restored.
Still its a great Movie.One of my favorite Gary Cooper films.Coop didnt make too many Noirs,but he gives it his BEST here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Olive's transfer is an improvement November 1, 2013
By Brian
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If you like director Fritz Lang's 'Cloak and Dagger' (Warner Bros., 1946) and are wondering whether Olive Films/Paramount's 2013 release is an upgrade from Artisan/Republic's 2003 disc, the answer is, in a word, yes. While not pristine (some scratches and other artifacts are still present), Olive's image is sharper and steadier than Artisan's, which has a tendency to flicker and bounce to a mildly annoying extent throughout. Contrast problems are corrected, as well. Neither version offers any bonus features. Personally I think the movie's merits are neglected-- although its storyline is somewhat boilerplate among Nazi/spy romance/adventures, it's also beautifully shot, well written and acted, and tightly constructed (Lang pulls off more than one Hitchcock-caliber scene), with a rousing score by Max Steiner. 4-minus stars for the film, 3 1/2 for presentation (versus 2 1/2 for Artisan's).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fritz Lang's Cloak and Dagger emerged in theatres in 1946 as a rather leaner and less contentious picture than the one he set out to make: the bleak last reel was dropped entirely as were most of the comments critical of the nuclear weapons program, with only one surviving outburst from Gary Cooper's nuclear scientist-turned-spy about the government throwing billions into the arms race but ignoring medical research. Not that this was ever going to be a message movie - it's very much a `Now it can be told' flag-waver for the previously hush-hush OSS, with Coop despatched behind enemy lines to find out just how far advanced the Nazis atom bomb research is. The film quickly dispenses with the idea of analysing scientific intelligence in favour of the usual spyjinks as Cooper gets involved with rescuing an Italian scientist and his daughter from the hands of the fascists, but the first hour or so, as he discovers a real aptitude for blackmailing Nazi spies and dirty dealing, is surprisingly gripping stiff.

Unfortunately things slow down and take a turn for the predictable with the entrance of Lilli Palmer, who makes about as convincing as an Italian as John Wayne, albeit for different reasons. As the hardened resistance worker whose heart is melted by Coop as she rediscovers her pre-war femininity she's neither credible nor particularly good, though she would at least make amends with a similar role in The Counterfeit Traitor. Worse, the romance takes over the picture and leads to a particularly hokey farewell scene that was ruthlessly parodied in Top Secret.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Realistic OSS Movie
Very good movie about the OSS and the underground in Europe during WWII. As a student of WWII close combat techniques, I was especially interested in the realism and authenticity... Read more
Published 9 days ago by pugilist66
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 24 days ago by kendo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Shirley V. Dieckman
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, exciting, original
Beyond the captivating, engrossing plot this story has truly clever writing/dialogue, lighting/cinematography , and several scenes which offer subtle life lessons. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
It's a Fritz Lang directed spy movie set during WW2 starring Gary Cooper. That should tell you all you need to know, you will not be disappointed with this movie.
Published 16 months ago by Jeremy Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars cloak&dagger
not a bad movie at all,a little better then I thought it was,i am a big fan of gary cooper and it would have to be a real stinker for me not to like cooper movie,but olive films... Read more
Published 17 months ago by wayne clark
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
nkc, not same, so, i'll go. now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country.
Published 20 months ago by Dale D. Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
thank goodness for the old movies...the garbage that is out there today is not worth watching!
Published on September 6, 2008 by G. Stewart
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