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The Scarlet Coat (1955)

During the Revolutionary War, American Major John Boulton feigns desertion in order to uncover a British plot to seize the stronghold of West Point.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Karl Tunberg
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cornel Wilde ... Maj. John Boulton
Michael Wilding ... Maj. John Andre
George Sanders ... Dr. Jonathan Odell
Anne Francis ... Sally Cameron
Robert Douglas ... Gen. Benedict Arnold
John McIntire ... Gen. Robert Howe
Rhys Williams ... Peter Andre
John Dehner ... Nathanael Greene
James Westerfield ... Col. Jameson
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Mr. Brown
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir Henry Clinton
John Alderson John Alderson ... Mr. Durkin
John O'Malley John O'Malley ... Col. Winfield
Bobby Driscoll ... Ben Potter
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Storyline

In 1780 Major John Boulton is recruited by Colonial intelligence as a counterspy who will feign desertion to the British forces. His mission is to discover the identity of an American traitor with the code name Gustavus. Although prominent Tory Dr. Odell suspects Boulton of being a double agent, the spy wins the friendship and respect of British spymaster Major John Andre and, in doing so, discovers that the traitor is none other than American hero, General Benedict Arnold, who is planning to surrender the key colonial position of West Point to the English. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Spy and counterspy...are Cornel Wilde and John O'Malley as Wilde demands secret documents of the American Revolution. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Duelo de espías See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$449,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,200,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints) (Western Electric Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Ironically, the narrator Paul Frees was a spy. According to author Peter Guralnick (in "Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley"), Frees was an undercover narcotics agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

"Blow the Man Down" is heard on the soundtrack during a scene involving the man o' war. The sea shanty was composed anonymously in the 1860s, eighty-odd years after the incidents in this film. See more »

Quotes

Maj. John Andre: [to Dr. Odell] You know, doctor, a man shows his character by the way he handles a sword.
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Referenced in The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
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Composed by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne) (1740)
Heard incorported into background score
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a twisting tale
16 May 2003 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

scarlet coat like most revolution flicks wasnt well received but is nears perfection in the art of movie making. a great character study of john andre the heroic redcoat who is revered by both friend and foe for courage,,, scarlett coat also probes the duality of the undercover agent ,,, as a counterfeit traitor maj bolton befriends andre and undertakes a high level penetration of british intelligence yet he defends andre in andre's courtmartial ... the film captures the moral ambiguity of the spy

how much of the spy's world is real ,,, which reality does he belong to the reality of his mision or the reality which the cover story creates

andre's capture and courtmartial is a success for bolton in his mission beyond that whch wahington would have ever demanded ,,, the mission was merely to identify the traitor in us ranks ,,, bolton has knocked out enemy intelligence as well ,,, yet bolton mourns the death of the man he was sent to destroy

ann francis plays a stock american character,,, compliant with the british but willing to engage them in a war of wits

a movie well worth revisiting


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