I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.

I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.

Director: Gordon M. Douglas Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The real Matt Cvetic was a borderline alcoholic with a nasty disposition (he once allegedly beat his sister-in-law so badly she required hospitalization). But Cvetic was also a fervent anti-communist, and so, for a brief period in the early 1950s, he was a folk hero. I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. is the semi-true story of how Cvetic (played by Frank Lovejoy) renounced his friends and family and embraced the Red cause--on behalf of the F.B.I., for whom he was a volunteer undercover agent. The film recounts how Cvetic used his job as a Pittsburgh steelworker to contact various American Communist cell leaders, and how he exposed their insidious plans to overthrow the American government. Since the script infers that among the Reds' "subversive" plans was the Civil Rights Movement, I Was a Communist for the FBI is an embarrassing experience when seen today. Cvetic's memoirs were better dramatized by a 1951 radio series of the same title, starring Dana Andrews.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316126707
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 41,353

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Lovejoy Matt Cvetic
Dorothy Hart Eve Merrick
Philip Carey Mason
James Millican Jim Blandon
Richard Webb Crowley
Konstantin Shayne Gerhardt Eisler
Paul Picerni Joe Cvetic
Roy Roberts Father Novac
Ron Hagerthy Dick Cvetic
Hugh Sanders Garson
Hope Kramer Ruth Cvetic
James Adamson Picket
Ernest Anderson Actor
Sugarfoot Anderson Black Man
William Norton Bailey Actor
Mildred Boyd Woman
Paul Bradley Actor
Russ Conway Frank Cvetic
John Crawford McGowan
Roy Engel Jackie's Father
Douglas Evans Chief Agent
William Forrest Senator Wood
Frank Gerstle Tom Cvetic
James Gonzales Brennan
Richard H. Gordon Actor
Mary Ellen Hokanson Actor
Charles Horvath Good Leader
Anne Kimbell Actor
Lenita Lane Principal
Lyle Latell Cahill
Grace Lenard Wife
William Lester Brown
George Magrill Man
Frank Marlowe Actor
Paul McGuire McIntyre
David McMahon Masonvitch
Bert Moorhouse Senator Gray
Ann Morrison Miss Nova
Howard Negley Union Chairman
Edward Norris Harmon
Jimmy O'Gatty Goon
Kasia Orzazewski Mrs. Cvetic
Barry Reagan Officer
Michael Ross Foreman
Robert "Buddy" Shaw Lawyer
Charles Sherlock Actor
Joseph Darr Smith Goon
Barry Sullivan Worker
Phil Tully Irish Mick
Janet Barrett Actor
Karen Hale Secretary
Paula Sowl Student
Charles Colean Brakeman

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Edwin DuPar Cinematographer
Bryan Foy Producer
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Lyle B. Reifsnider Set Decoration/Design
Max Steiner Score Composer
Crane Wilbur Screenwriter

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