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I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.(1951)

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  • Back when folks knew the actual evils of communism

    • Tina
    • 10/30/14

    Thanks TCM for showing this! I really enjoyed this movie as it depicted what the commies really stand for and how they operate, how they worked to destroy America. This movie was created before the Politically Correct control of opinions had completely taken over. Now folks are made fun of when trying to describe the evils of the Totalitarian State. Its clean and the bad guys get it in the end. Yea, the acting is okay and maybe its a little stagey but more folks need to see this movie as a different slant from the pro-commie stuff we see today. The errors of Russia are still spreading. Look around and see how America has disintegrated and compare it to the sentiments in this film.

  • I was a communist for the fbi

    • kevin sellers
    • 10/30/14

    Truly nauseating movie. Especially hard to swallow without regurgitation is the film's premise that race riots were started by communists instead of the Jim Crowism rampant in the 1950s. Of course all the commies are completely evil and the anti commies completely pure. The next time I get nostalgic for the Douglas Sirk fifties I'll watch this piece of detritus as an antidote.

  • Three Cheers For Matt Cvetic AND Herb Philbrick!!!

    • Herbert G. Stahl, Jr.
    • 7/23/12

    Having grown up during the Red Scare, having been GRIPPED by "I Led 3 Lives" my entire life long, seeing the movie "I Was A Communist For The FBI" dozens of times was right up my alley!!! I have been against Communism all my life long!!! No two ways about it, both Herbert Arthur Philbrick and Matt Cvetic are bona fide, dyed-in-the-wool heroes of mine!! They present Communism two different ways. Herbert Philbrick's situation presents Communism as secretive, business-like, self-controlled and orderly. Not even his WIFE knew he was Red until well into their marriage!! Matt Cvetic's situation was overt, crass and brutal. His WHOLE FAMILY knew he was Red and, up until the end of the movie, hated him for it!! Also, notice (1) the starkness and the sterility of the cell meetings in "I Led 3 Lives" versus the lavishness and the poshness of the cell meetings (Gerhardt Eisler offering Matt Cvetic caviar!) in "I Was A Communist For The FBI", (2) "I Led 3 Lives" had no thugs in it, and (3) Matt Cvetic risking his very life for Eve Merrick. Which was the REAL picture of the American Communist Party??? Maybe they both were!! I want to be like both of them; patriotic, heroic, and, yes, WHISTLEBLOWING!!!

  • Three Cheers For Matt Cvetic AND Herb Philbrick!!!

    • Herbert G. Stahl, Jr.
    • 7/23/12

    I have seen this splendid movie dozens of times, I love it!! Having grown up during the Red Scare, and being GRIPPED by "I Led 3 Lives" (I think I saw every episode!) and taking Communism SERIOUSLY, "I Was A Communist For The FBI" was right up my alley. No two ways about it, Herbert Arthur Philbrick and Matt Cvetic are now bona fide, dyed-in-the-wool heroes of mine!! I wish that I too could have been a plant for the FBI!! They both present two different sides of Communism. Herb Philbrick presents Communism as secretive, business-like, self-controlled and orderly. Not even his wife knew he was a Communist until well into their marriage!! And he CERTAINLY didn't tell his CHILDREN!! Matt Cvetic's case was different. His WHOLE FAMILY knew he was Red and, up until the end of the movie, they hated him for it. Whereas Herb Philbrick's situation was confidential, Matt Cvetic's situation was overt, crass and brutal. Notice (1) The meetings at which Jim Blandon stirs the crowd, (2) the staging and the brutality of the strike and (3) Matt Cvetic risking his very life for Eve Merrick!! Also notice how stark and sterile the cell meetings are in "I Led 3 Lives", versus the lavishness and the poshness (Gerhardt Eisler offering Matt Cvetic caviar!) of the cell meetings in IWACFTFBI!! Which situation presents a TRUE picture of the American Communist Party??? Now, where can I find more patriots, heroes, and, yes, WHISTLEBLOWERS (let's call them what they are!) like these guys?

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