Cloak and Dagger
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Good movie, one of his lesser known films. Great 1st for Lili PalmerPublished 8 months ago by Jerry von Lind
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