Submarine Alert (June 28, 1943)

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Richard Arlen in Submarine Alert
 

Released on June 28, 1943: German fifth columnists have stolen a new experimental short wave radio that can communicate with Japanese submarines and relay shipping information to sink American ships.

Directed by Frank McDonald

The Actors: Richard Arlen (Richard Arlen), Wendy Barrie (Ann Paterson), Nils Asther (Doctor Arthur Huneker), Roger Pryor (G.B. Fleming), Abner Biberman (Comander Toyo), Marc Lawrence (Vincent Bela), John Miljan (Mr. Banbridge / Captain Haigas), Patsy Nash (Tina Deerhold), Ralph Sanford (Agent Freddie Grayson), William Bakewell (Agent Pomeroy), Jack Carr (old mill gate guard), Edward Earle (shipping merchant), Edward Fielding (shipping merchant), Dwight Frye (Haldine, fifth columnist), John George (man in FBI raid), Harry Hayden (Larson), Eddie Kane (FBI Agent), Edward Keane (J.D.'s boss), Donald Kerr (FBI Agent), Robert Middlemass (Johnny's father), Fred Sherman (FBI operative), Stanley Smith (clerk), Edwin Stanley (COmmanding officer at finish), Milburn Stone (Lieutenant Winston, naval intelligence), Dale Van Sickel (radio man), Edward Van Sloan (Doctor Johann Bergstrom), Pat West (radio listener), Will Wright (local sheriff).

 

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For some reason I was fascinated with electronics and radios and such when I was a very young boy. One of my great joys was building a crystal radio set when I was ten or eleven years old. We lived in Meadville, Pennsylvania and the little radio set could only pick up one station - the local town radio station. I had the crude radio sitting next to my bed and at night I could lay in bed with the headphones on my ears and hear 1960's radio hits as I went to sleep. I always dreamed of having a short wave radio that could bring the voices and messages from far off lands to my ears like little Johnny in this spy thriller, but that was never to be. This love of electronics became a love of computers and finally led to my passion for old movies . . . and the ability to share them with nearly anyone on the globe. In this WWII spy thriller our hero is a radio engineer - who with the help of young Johnny sitting at his short wave radio will expose a spy ring sending secret messages to submarines off shore.

1940's leading man Richard Arlen is an immigrant living in Los Angeles who is a technical specialist on radios. German spies steal the working model of a new revolutionary short wave radio from a local scientist and our hero gets hired by them to fix it when it breaks. Not knowing that he is working for foreign spies, he fixes their secret radio, and as a result is chased by the F.B.I. because they think he is an enemy spy. Of course, the F.B.I. set him up in the first place, and also planted a pretty female agent next to him to become his girlfriend and keep tabs on him. Things get very dicey in the middle, with both the foreign spies and the F.B.I. chasing him, and it doesn't look good for his chances at survival. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled on, or as one of my friends has suggested instead, spray a light coating of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the bowl of popcorn for a different taste treat. Then grab your favorite beverage and get ready for spies versus the F.B.I. with a radio technical geek in the middle of this life and death WWII thriller.

Abner Biberman
Abner Biberman in Submarine Alert
Dwight Frye
Dwight Frye
Edward Earle
Edward Earle in Submarine Alert
Edward Keane
Edward Keane fires Richard Arlen from his radio job
John Miljan
John Miljan in Submarine Alert
John Miljan
John Miljan as a shipping company owner who is tortured and killed by the spies.
Marc Lawrence
Marc Lawrence
Milburn Stone and Roger Pryor
Milburn Stone and Roger Pryor
Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone is a Naval Intelligence Officer in Submarine Alert
Nils Asther and Abner Biberman
Nils Asther and Abner Biberman
Nils Asther
Nils Asther in Submarine Alert
Pat West and Robert Middlemass
Pat West and Robert Middlemass alert the F.B.I. to the secret code sent by short wave radio
Patsy Nash
Patsy Nash in Submarine Alert
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen in Submarine Alert
Richard Arlen, Nils Asther and Marc Lawrence
Richard Arlen, Nils Asther and Marc Lawrence in Submarine Alert
Richard Arlen and Wendy Barrie
Richard Arlen and Wendy Barrie in Submarine Alert
Richard Arlen and Wendy Barrie
Wendy Barrie drives Richard Arlen to his apartment
Richard Arlen in Submarine Alert
Richard Arlen lies to the spies
Roger Pryor, Ralph Sanford and Richard Arlen
Roger Pryor, Ralph Sanford and Richard Arlen
Roger Pryor and William Bakewell
Roger Pryor and William Bakewell
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor in Submarine Alert