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The FBI Story(1959)

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  • J. Edgar Hoover Manipulative Puppetmaster

    • Joella Lyndon
    • 5/5/14

    Our beloved Jimmy Stewart was an American patriot, brave WWII Veteran steadfastly committed to the American ideal. Unfortunately those attributes did not serve him well as a pawn of J. Edgar Hoover. This film was released in 1959. Think of what the entertainment industry had just 'survived' during this tumultuous decade: Unconstitutional witch hunts at the mercy of hapless Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was fueled with FBI files provided by the manipulative, intrusive, puppet master, J. Edgar Hoover. After destroying countless lives and terrifying others, the director of the FBI had the audacity to continue his propaganda campaign through the very medium he assisted Senator McCarthy in turning upside down.Those were naive times, as we see in Jimmy Stewart's submissive portrayal. I can't find fault with Mr. Stewart's reasons, whatever they may be, to fulfill the propaganda accomplished in this picture. I can find fault with the conscious decision to rationalize and continue the crusade displaying no apparent evidence of self examination personally and/or nationally by the actors', producer's, director's, and studio's complaisance in the making of this propaganda film.Addendum: I've resubmitted my review with a new title because this website did not display my original review in its entirety. So this is a test of sorts.

  • Propaganda Piece

    • Joella Lyndon
    • 5/5/14

    Our beloved Jimmy Stewart was an American patriot, brave WWII Veteran steadfastly committed to the American ideal. Unfortunately those attributes did not serve him well as a pawn of J. Edgar Hoover. This film was released in 1959. Think of what the entertainment industry had just 'survived' during this tumultuous decade: Unconstitutional witch hunts at the mercy of hapless Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was fueled with FBI files provided by the manipulative, intrusive, puppet master, J. Edgar Hoover. After destroying countless lives and terrifying others, the director of the FBI had the audacity to continue his propaganda campaign through the very medium he assisted Senator McCarthy in turning upside down.Those were naive times, as we see in Jimmy Stewart's submissive portrayal. I can't find fault with Mr. Stewart's reasons, whatever they may be, to fulfill the propaganda accomplished in this picture. I can find fault with the conscious decision to rationalize and continue the crusade displaying no apparent evidence of self examination personally and/or nationally by the actors', producer's, director's, and studio's complaisance in the making of this propaganda film.

  • Great movie about some great Americans

    • Dan Frascella
    • 5/5/14

    Jimmy Stewart does a magnificent job portraying one of those great Americans who defended America's freedom from goons, foreign and domestic. Shame those kind of Americans are really scarce these days!

  • Not good

    • Jack
    • 5/5/14

    I was expecting a much better movie about the FBI than this.

  • The FBI Story

    • Bruce Reber
    • 10/8/12

    I first saw "The FBI Story" on AMC in the 90's (when it was then what TCM is now, showing all the great classic films). James Stewart gives a fine performance as a veteran FBI agent (or G-Man), recalling his career and its effect on both him personally and his family. Vera Miles is also very good as his wife, who must endure the dangers and stress of his job almost as much as he does. The film was made with the full cooperation of the FBI and its director, J. Edgar Hoover. BTW, Hoover was so impressed with "The FBI Story" and Stewart's performance in it that when Stewart and his family went on vacation to Europe, Hoover sent several agents to keep an eye on them to make sure they didn't run into any trouble.

  • Max Steiner music score

    • karl anglin
    • 4/19/12

    The film score by Max Steiner is top notch!It is soul-stirring and moving and would makean excellent graduation cermony theme.

  • Self Promoting

    • Jack The Hat
    • 11/19/11

    The film is a self promotion piece for the FBI---Usally, J. Edgar Hoover is behind the scenes when a film is done on the FBI. It's an interesting film and will keep your attention all the way through and it actually has one part that sees communism as the enemy (unusal for Hollywood) Watch it, it's worth your time.

  • FBI is ok

    • Oliver Cutshaw
    • 11/19/11

    This is not one of James Stewart's top films. It is more or less an FBI approved version of the agency's history as seen through the experiences of one of its top agents.Director Hoover essentially controlled every aspect of the film. So for those seeing the new J. Edgar movie this is a pretty much the other side of the argument. Here the agency is always wise, heroic, and dedicated to fighting evil. The film in that regard is effective, and lively, and somewhat entertaining.For the film fanatic, it has lots of action, realistic dialogue and situations, but few surprises. Yet any film with Mr. Stewart is worth watching, so take a peek if you are interested.

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