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Intrigue, plot twists and romantic jealousy drive this riveting World War I espionage thriller starring William Powell as a decoding expert assigned to office work instead of the combat role he longed to play. But there is no shortage of action as he becomes involved with a socialite (Rosalind Russell) whose uncle, the Assistant Secretary of War (Samuel S. Hinds), sends him into a world of German spies, a Russian mistress (Binnie Barnes) and betrayal at almost every turn. As he helps to orchestrate and decipher some of the most secret maneuvers in the war, it is not long before his own life is in danger.

Authentic touches are no doubt supplied by the real-life head of the U.S. Secret Service, Herbert O. Yardley, on whose book, American Black Chamber, the film is based. Two familiar faces play uncredited cameos: the Marx Brothers' renowned Margaret Dumont is Mrs. Hendricks and Mickey Rooney is the Country Boy.

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  • Actors: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Lionel Atwill, Cesar Romero
  • Directors: William K. Howard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XTDWQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on January 25, 2014
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I love William Powell paired with Myrna Loy and was a little sceptical of this one with Rosalind Russell as I never cared for her acting. That said, she did a very good job of keeping up with Mr. Powell and at times she reminded me of Ms. Loy. If you like the old 30's comedies then this one won't disappoint you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher E. Reid on October 30, 2013
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This old film is well done--well acted. William Powell is always a delight and is well supported in this tense and comedic film. The black and white film got 4 stars because the film quality isn't what we are used to today. Since men wore the same type clothing and same hairstyles, it was hard to distinguish characters at first. Once "in" to the story, that difficulty disappeared. This is a WW espionage/code stealing/breaking story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn E. Farmer on December 14, 2013
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I just WISH it has SUBTITLES! I am so glad although that the sound was clean, and you 'could' understand what the actors said, which is rare! We who have lost most of our hearing aren't able to hear most of the older movies that do NOT have subtitles.. That is a shame.. Would someone tell me why some movies do not have them, but most do?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OverTheHill on June 15, 2013
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We enjoyed this movie! I am discovering there are quite a few movies that we have not yet seen from this time period, so I am hoping to find a few more treasures we can enjoy for the first time. As I said, I love William Powell; he just has a certain charm. I had read that they tried to get Myrna Loy for the role played by Rosalind Russell, but she was unavailable. I'm not a huge fan of Rosalind Russell but decided to try it anyway. We did still enjoy the movie, but I think it would have rated 5 stars if Myrna Loy had played the part. Ms. Russell was an irritant, even annoying in her part, but the rest of the actors made the movie interesting and enjoyable. I will keep it in our collection, but don't know how often we will want to see it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 8, 2014
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Shout out to my friend, Bollywood Bob, who is a conspiracy nut and who read Major Herbert O. Yardley's The American Black Chamber (Bluejacket Books), a non-fiction book about code-breakers during WWI. Yardley ramrodded the U.S. Secret Service during World War I, so dude's got credibility galore. Anyway, Bollywood Bob pointed me towards RENDEZVOUS, the 1935 MGM espionage thriller that took its cues from Yardley's book. I would've seen the movie, regardless, even if it had been based on the adventures of Boris and Natasha. It's because William Powell is my favorite actor of all time. I'm chiding myself for not having known this movie existed before.

Somewhen in 1917, Bill Gordon (Powell), an ex-newspaperman who headed up the AP Bureau in the Far East, is hobnobbing with the swells in Washington, DC as a newly commissioned Army lieutenant. But, really, he's just twiddling his thumbs until his deployment to France for a taste of close quarters combat. Bill can't wait to get to the front line to do his part. But then word gets out that, years ago, under a pseudonym, he authored a master book on encyphering and decyphering codes. At the last moment, a protesting Bill is reassigned to desk job duty at the War Department, there to chafe in a cryptology lab, tasked with confounding an enemy spy ring.

But fret not, Lt. Bill Gordon, latent man of action. As it turns out, this mission is equal parts cracking the unbreakable code, perilous cloak and dagger antics, and vigorous fisticuffs. And for the viewing audience, parcel in, too, bits of romance and fine levity. It's true that Myrna Loy did Rosalind Russell an inadvertent solid by going on strike.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Movie Buff on July 17, 2012
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Greatly enjoyed this film which has both witty dialogue and superb acting by Rosalind Russell and William Powell.
Strongly recommended with a high quality reproduction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary C. Kessler on December 30, 2014
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I like William Powell, I like cryptography, and I read H.O. Yardley's "The American Black Chamber," so I really did enjoy the movie. Although the movie is in no way based on Yardley's book, it was surprisingly technical -- and accurate! -- for a movie of that era. Ok, so IMDB only gives it a 6.6 if you like movies of this time period, the actors, and the subjects, it's actually quite good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabriele on March 2, 2014
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I never seen this movie before, but now I played it several times and I love William Powell and Rosaline Russell in it. I had some good laughs.
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