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Joe Smith, American (1942)

Passed | | Drama | February 1942 (USA)
Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Paul Gallico (based upon: the Cosmopolitan Magazine story by), Allen Rivkin (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Joe Smith
Marsha Hunt ... Mary Smith
Harvey Stephens ... Freddie Dunhill
Darryl Hickman ... Johnny Smith
Jonathan Hale ... Blake McKettrick
Noel Madison ... Schricker
Don Costello ... Mead
Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony ... Conway
William Forrest ... August 'Gus' Stoffen
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Edgerton
Mark Daniels ... Pete
William Tannen ... Eddie
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Storyline

Joe Smith is an average American citizen, working in an aircraft factory. He has access to the plans for a new bomb-sight and is kidnapped by enemy agents who unsuccessfully torture him to get him to betray his country. He escapes and leads the FBI to his captors. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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The Story of an Average American Fmaily

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikaneren Joe Smith See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $222,000 ($3.5M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Connections

Spin-off The Next Voice You Hear... (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the melody from "God Save the Queen" by Henry Carey (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
In the score during the opening credits
Sung a cappella by the school children
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Yo Joe
15 October 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

This one's good. Released shortly after the United States had entered WW2, it stars Robert Young as a guy working on a special project for the government who is kidnapped by enemy agents. They beat him up for hours to try and find out what he knows. It's an exciting, fast-paced movie that clocks in at barely over sixty minutes. It reminds me of a longer version of the Crime Does Not Pay short films. If you're familiar with that series I think you'll see what I'm talking about. The cast is good, with Robert Young doing a terrific job in the lead and nice support from the lovely Marsha Hunt as his wife and a young Darryl Hickman as his son. Recognizable character actors make up the rest of the cast. It's an unabashedly patriotic and entertaining movie that doesn't waste a minute of its runtime. Worth a look for most classic film fans.


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