I Was a Communist for the FBI
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Eventually he meets his son's high school teacher and becomes involved with her even though she, too, is a party member. Despite his actual political convictions Cvetic continues recruiting and otherwise working for the communist party until the day comes when he is slated to testify against the Pittsburgh party officials
and after nine years underground he is allowed to reveal himself to everyone he knows.
The only place I have seen I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE F.B.I.called a film noir is a book titled "Death On The Cheap: The Lost B Movies Of Film Noir"by Arthur Lyons and even there it is just listed, not really discussed.
However, I believe that a noir case can be made for this film by pointing out that the protagonist, Matt Cvetic, after nine years undercover is scorned by just about everyone he knows but still stays in Pittsburgh and takes all the hatred and sheer dislike and distrust apparently turning the other cheek most every time. Just because he has a greater purpose, to expose the party when, and only when, our government gives him the order. If that isn't a hellish existence, almost losing himself in the abyss of hatred and paranoia,and fighting himself to suppress his true feelings just about every day, I don't know what is.
So I would rate I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE F.B.I.Read more ›
From Russia, comes Gerhardt Eisler(Konstantin Shayne)who is pleased with Franks work in the party and gives him an important promotion.Franks comrade,Jim Blandon(James Milligan)puts him in touch with Eve Merrick(Dorothy Hart)another member of the party working with other red teachers in the schools.Shes told by Blandon to keep an eye on Matt,but instead she falls for him.
Matts son,Dick(Ron Hagerthy)and Matts brother Joe(Paul Picerni)hate Matt thinking hes a traditor and want nothing to do with him.The only one outside the FBI that knows the truth is the local priest(Roy Roberts)who has a letter Matt wrote telling the truth.When Matts mother dies,Joe sees Matt at the funeral and beats him up.To make matters worse the letter is stolen by Eve when the priest breaks up the fight.
Good chase scene in a tunnel with Matt and Eve being chased by two red gunmen.
This is also one of the Top Film Noirs of all time.
This is not a film, but a movie. It was made to show the public and could be considered "propaganda" in the way Stalin wish to have films. Fo me it was revealing as to how a group has altered the political, social and cultural milieu we now find ourselves in.
It is clear that why this movie was down played and ignored.
Watch it and learn.
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I had seen this movie when it first came out. It was during the time when this story was very much in the news. So we really liked it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie. It shows what the commies have been up to for the past 50 years. And they have been succeeding. Every lib in America should watch this. It might wake them up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kevin Vetrone
Familiar with film, and wanted it to own it for sometime/Published 17 months ago by Alfred S. Deschaine
WAS ALWAYS A FAN OF FRANK LOVEJOY AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED IN THIS FILM.Published on July 18, 2014 by Irene
Fast pacing noir film, when the communist activity was forbidden in America. Now? they are every where because we chose the president who love socialism, and communism. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by hjon203
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