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Cloak & Dagger

Post by Bruce R on Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:33 pm

I enjoyed the 1945 noir (adventure/romance/thriller/war) CLOAK & DAGGER starring Gary Cooper, Lilli Palmer, Robert Alda, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg and Marjorie Hoshelle.

CLOAK & DAGGER is reputed to be the first major "atomic power" film of the postwar era. Gary Cooper stars as a nerdish physics professor Alvah Jesper, a character resembling A-bomb co-developer J. Robert Oppenheimer. Talked into service by the OSS in the last months of WW2, Jasper is sent to Europe in search of Dr. Polda (Vladimir Sokoloff), an atomic scientist held captive by the Nazis. In Switzerland, Jesper quickly runs afoul of enemy spies who murder the only person to know Polda's whereabouts. Moving on to Italy, he links up with the partisans, falling in love with resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer).  Are they successful in rescuing Polda? Will their romance continue?

Lilli Palmer does an especially good job in this film.  Cooper, as usual, just naturally commands attention without being over the top.

Keaney gave this a 3.0 (I might grade it a tad lower) and it's at 6.7 on IMDb.  

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