Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama
When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.
James Cagney's character of Robert Emmett "Bob" Sharkey was originally based on the World War II director of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Bill Donovan (III) (Maj. Gen. William Joseph Donovan, USA, GCSS, KBE). Donovan objected to this, particularly the story element that had the OSS being been infiltrated by a Nazi spy. Therefore, the spy agency became the "077", and any of Cagney's character similarities with Donovan were removed.
There will be reprisals!
When Sharkey shows his credentials, a certificate of inspector of STO (compulsory work) to the mayor, the address is rue Marbeur instead of rue Marbeuf.
Prologue, shown printed in a book: No single story could ever pay full tribute to the accomplishments of the U.S. Army Intelligence in World War II. Working secretly behind enemy lines, in close cooperation with our Allies, its brilliant work was an acknowledged factor in the final victory. The page turns to reveal: In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field - - and, whenever possible, at the actual locations.