Underground Agent


1h 8m 1942

Film Details

Also Known As
Below the White House
Release Date
Dec 3, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,076ft

Synopsis

When German agents infiltrate the telephone cable tunnels running under Southern California to tap sensitive information being transmitted over the telephone lines, George Martin, the general maintenance supervisor for the telephone company, moves to foil the spies. Martin sends for San Francisco engineer Lee Graham and his friend Miguel Gonzales to investigate the situation. After renting a room at Miller's boarding house, Graham reports to Martin. Unknown to Graham, his landlord is the covert leader of the spies. The spy ring operates from a fruit farm allegedly owned by Miller. After reporting to work, Graham hires Ann Carter, a discharged telephone operator, as his secretary. One day, Pete Dugan, a telephone lineman, accidentally discovers that the farm is a front for Miller, and is gassed to death by the spies. Planning to sabotage a load of aircraft motors, the spies capture Miguel, and when he refuses to cooperate, they kill him. Soon after, Pete's body is pulled from the ocean, and Graham notices that his hair has turned white, an effect of the nerve gas. Recalling that Miguel's dog's hair also turned white after the animal entered a room at the fruit farm, Graham begins to suspect Miller. To prevent the spies from tapping the wires, Graham installs a device to scramble all sensitive information. Frustrated, Miller and his gang kidnap Graham, intending to force him to decode the scrambled messages. Their plans are thwarted, however, when the telephone men come to the rescue and apprehend Miller and his gang.

Film Details

Also Known As
Below the White House
Release Date
Dec 3, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,076ft

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Notes

The working title of this picture was Below the White House.