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Espionage & Supercops

13 Frightened Girls (1963)

Directed by William Castle. Cast: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Kathy Dunn, Lynne Sue Moon. Thirteen girls in a Swiss boarding school stir up trouble on their vacation as they mess with the diplomatic affairs of their elders and get into serious trouble when a Russian spy is discovered murdered. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; original "British" trailer introdruction; original Candy web trailer; original Candy web theatrical opening and closing message from William Castle; four international alternate openings. 87 min.

13 Rue Madeleine (1947)

Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: James Cagney, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore, Walter Abel, Melville Cooper, Sam Jaffe, Marcel Rousseau, Dick Gordon. An O.S.S. training officer, bent upon discovering a German traitor within his ranks, is at the same time completing highly dangerous espionage assignments. The risks increase when one of his men is murdered from within, and the officer, convinced he knows who the murdering infiltrator is, vows revenge. 95 min.

39 Steps (1959)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft. A young Canadian, R. Hannay, makes the acquaintance of an international spy. When he finds her murdered in his flat, he takes over her mission and is pursued across Scotland by both the police and a dangerous spy ring. 86 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

A View to a Kill (UK / USA, 1985)

Directed by John Glen. Cast: Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Chistopher Walken. Roger Moore's Bond confronts Max Zorin, who has devised a plan to corner the world's microchip market, even if he has to kill millions to do it. Before Bond can stop the madman, he must confront Zorin's beautiful and deadly companion May Day. 131 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See also: Ian Flemming on Film Bibliography

Burn After Reading (2008)

Directors: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt. When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo is intent on exploiting their find. When blackmailing fails, they decide to take the information to the Russian embassy. At the embassy, they hand the disc over to the Russians, promising that they will give them more information.

Casino Royale(USA / UK / Germany / Czech Republic, 2006)

Directed by Martin Campbell. Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Isaach De Bankole, Jesper Christensen, Ivana Milicevic, Sebastien Foucan. Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status.

Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Director: Fritz Lang. Cast: Gary Cooper, Lilli Palmer, Robert Alda, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg. Manhattan Project physicist Alvah Jasper parachutes into war-torn Nazi Germany to obtain military secrets. But the deeper he probes, the deadlier his mission becomes - especially when his involvement with a mysterious woman, Gina, catapults him into an intense maelstrom of danger, betrayal, and murder. 106 min.

Contraband (UK, 1940)

Director: Michael Powell. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler, Raymond Lovell, Esmond Knight, Charles Victor, Phoebe Kershaw, Harold Warrender. Set in England during the early days of World War II, a Danish sea captain and his passenger are kidnapped by a cell of Nazi spies operating from a basement in London's Soho. The plot progresses as a chase that puts the characters in one peculiar set of surroundings after another. Most of the story takes place under blackout conditions, in which the great city becomes a mysterious dark labyrinth. 88 min.

David Harding, Counterspy (1950)

Directed by Ray Nazarro. Cast: Willard Parker, Aubrey Lang, Raymond Greenleaf, Harlan Warde, Alex Gerry, Howard St. John. Howard St. John is the Washington DC-based David Harding, head of a covert counter-espionage organization, charged with preventing top-secret scientific information from reaching the hands of America's enemies, and trying to convince a hell-raising radio correspondent to join the fight. 71 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Day of the Jackal (UK | France, 1973)

Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Edward Fox, Terry Alexander, Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Eric Porter, Jean Martin, Cyril Cusack. Story of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal, relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense. From the book by Frederick Forsyth.

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