Combustible Celluloid
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With: Gary Cooper, Lilli Palmer, Robert Alda, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg, Marjorie Hoshelle, Ludwig Stossel, Helen Thimig, Dan Seymour, Marc Lawrence, James Flavin, Patrick O'Moore, Charles Marsh
Written by: Boris Ingster, Ring Lardner Jr., John Larkin, Albert Maltz, based on a novel by Corey Ford, Alastair MacBain
Directed by: Fritz Lang
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 106
Date: 09/05/1946

Cloak and Dagger (1946)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Cruel Fate

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Fritz Lang's first post-war picture Cloak and Dagger sends nuclear scientist Gary Cooper (how many actors can actually pull off a nuclear scientist?) into Germany to find a colleague being held by the Germans. And information she provides leads to yet another scientist. While on the lam, Cooper falls in love with Lilli Palmer, but their happiness is torn apart -- once again -- by cruel fate. Much longer and less focused that You Only Live Once, it's still a vintage Lang picture and worth seeing. Lang originally filmed a different ending, but it was changed for theatrical release and the original footage was subsequently lost.

In 2013, Olive Films released it on a new DVD (replacing Artisan's old, out of print one) and a Blu-ray.

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