I Was a Communist for the FBI

on May 05, 1951 by BOXOFFICE Staff
When Producer Bryan Foy blasts the Communist menace in the United States, he uses no small-caliber artillery. He unlimbers the 16-inch cases and fires them until they are white-hot -- and let the shell fragments fall where they may. Such employment of block-busting barrages adds up to noisy and actionful screenfare albeit it reveals nothing that has not been previously and widely exposed about the Red threat, its proponents, their aims and methods. With the public in its current mood regarding Communistic activities, the picture can easily attract cash-drawer-loading grosses, especially if the exhibitor takes advantage of the patent exploitation possibilities of it subject matter. So, when the smoke clears away, it boils down to a potentially profitable film, although discriminating customers may have preferred a bit more of finesse, originality and skill in production, writing and acting. Directed by Gordon Douglas.

Employed by a Pittsburgh steel plant Matt Cvetic (portrayed by Frank Lovejoy) poses as a Communist to secure information for the FBI. Even his own family believes he is a Red and is hostile toward him. The Communists, with Cvetic in on the discussion, plot a strike at North American. Meantime Cvetic discovers his son's teacher, Dorothy Hart, also is a Communist, but she repudiates the party. She learns Cvetic is not really a Communist and he helps her escape after the Communists kill an FBI man assigned to guard her. Cvetic's activities are instrumental in rounding up 11 Red leaders. He testifies against them before the congressional un-American activities committee, at the same time clearing his own name.

The Smashing, Socking, Sizzling Motion Picture... That Performs an Invaluable Public Service... Ripping the Veil From the Communist Underground Menace... To Our Country's Freedom. Warner Bros. 84 mins.

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