Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
USA 1959


  Although told in a semi-documentary style, this episodic, overly long movie is essentially a propaganda film for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, giving a romanticized view of its dealings. It is hard not to fall for it, because the FBI is embodied by likeable Stewart, who moves through the years from confronting gangsters to dealing with Nazi agents and then commie spies. Parallel to this is his domestic life, with long-suffering wife Miles.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: January 25th, 1960

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:28:45 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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• Trailer

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2006

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Chapters: 37




A long film, but a decent one - the Warner DVD image is quite good with sharpness and acceptable contrast. A bare-bones offering but Warner does an adept job of representing the film digitally. It is progressive in the correct aspect ratio, anamorphic, colors look fairly good - subtitles are well done and audio (only original English) is clear and consistent.

Sure the film is propaganda, but it has some varied crime stories blended into one larger quilt of the roots of the bureau. Stewarts performance helps carry the weaker moments.

Gary W. Tooze


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