Smashing the Spy Ring


59m 1938

Film Details

Also Known As
International Spy, Spy Ring
Release Date
Dec 29, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

At Duncan Aircraft, John Baxter and Ted Hall, government agents impersonating factory employees, capture Quirk, a spy whose real name is Schuster. However, they are unaware of another spy in the plant, Steve Corbin, who telephones Dr. L. B. Carter and follows his orders to have Schuster shot before he can talk. John and Ted are reassigned to Washington, D.C. to work with Phil Dunlap, whose attractive sister Eleanor is a friend of John. Phil goes to see his girl friend, Madelon Martin, an entertainer; she gives him a ring. After Phil infiltrates a spy meeting at Carter's sanitarium, his ring gives his real identity away, and he is executed. John, Ted and Eleanor discover the body, and John comforts Eleanor by declaring that Phil's work to keep men free must be carried on. When a man finds a bill offering a reward outside the sanitarium and apparently dropped by Phil, John and Ted become suspicious. They take up Phil's investigation of the American Chemical Co., where Professor Leonard's new poison gas is being tested. Leonard's associate, Jordan, is then discovered to be a spy. As a trap, John suggests a public demonstration of the gas at the Harding Proving Grounds, where he impersonates Leonard. During the demonstration, a spy films the event with a camera hidden in an ice cream truck. Ted pretends to have been killed by an accident involving the gas, and Leonard is reported to have gone insane over his friend's death. Eleanor, meanwhile, insists on assisting in the dangerous case, taking on the identity of Leonard's concerned sister, and Madelon suggests that she contact Carter, a specialist in such cases. Still impersonating Leonard, John enters the sanitarium, feigning amnesia while investigating Carter's offices. Carter and his cohorts try to trick him into revealing the formula for the poison gas, until Corbin happens to visit and remembers John, and Madelon finds the ring she gave Phil in Leonard's apartment. John and Eleanor are trapped in the sanitarium, but he holes up in the lab and defends himself by throwing bottles of acid at Carter's men. Finally the police arrive and round up the spy ring. John and Eleanor plan to marry, while Ted writes the story of their experiences.

Film Details

Also Known As
International Spy, Spy Ring
Release Date
Dec 29, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working titles of this film were International Spy and Spy Ring. In the film, all of the spies have both Germanic appearances and accents, although they are not identified as Germans. Publicity items give the name of the character played by Ann Doran as Madelon DuBois instead of Madelon Martin.