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FBI Story
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Directed By
Mervyn LeRoy

James Stewart, Vera Miles, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton, Larry Pennell

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FBI Story (1959)
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Movie Review by Derringer
October 20th, 2009


This well-mounted film details the fabricated history of the FBI from its formation in 1924 when it was nothing more than an over-glorified legal clerk's office to the way it stood in 1959 as the most powerful law enforcement agency in the entire USA.

While watching this flick it's important to keep in mind the year that it was released (1959), which was at a time when the FBI was considered to have a virtually spotless, 'goody-2-shoes' reputation. So, please, don't anyone expect any disreputable scenes of bureau agents wire-tapping Civil Rights Leaders, or, especially, scenes with the likes of J. EDGAR HOOVER twittering around in his favorite dress.

THE FBI STORY is competently told through the eyes of fictitious FBI Agent, Chip Hardesty, played by Actor JAMES STEWART. It's interesting to note that J. EDGAR HOOVER, himself, personally chose STEWART for the part of Chip.

THE FBI STORY has a somewhat lengthy running time of 149 minutes. Its story is primarily a compilation of seperate episodes featuring the tough FBI boys tackling such villians as the Klu Klux Klan, the Mob, the Nazis, and, of course, the Communists. The opening sequence is a real 'Wowser', showcasing a matricidal mad bomber.

THE FBI STORY's tagline was - "The Fury Of America's Fight for Decency!"

And on a final 'special' trivia note - During the entire filming of THE FBI STORY two very real FBI Agents were on the set at all times.

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