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Operator 13 (1934)





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If you can accept blonde, blue-eyed Marion Davies disguising herself in blackface, chances are you'll swallow the rest of Operator 13. Davies plays a Belle Boyd-like actress who agrees to become a Northern spy during the Civil War. She assumes the identity of an octoroon servant and heads into Southern territory. Marion meets dashing Confederate captain Gary Cooper, and instantly falls in love with him. Later, she assumes the disguise of a Southern belle to prevent Cooper from recruiting Southern sympathizers in the north. This time Cooper falls for Davies, which makes it hard for her to carry out her mission. After several more reels of espionage and romantic interludes, including a gently kinky sequence in which Cooper and Davies are handcuffed together, the lovers part company, promising to meet again when the war is over.


Marion Davies
as Gail Loveless
Gary Cooper
as Capt. Jack Gailliard
Katharine Alexander
as Pauline Cushman
Katherine Alexander
as Pauline Cushman
Jean Parker
as Eleanor Shackleford
Ted Healy
as Dr. Hitchcock
Russell Hardie
as Littledale
Henry Wadsworth
as John Pelham
Douglass Dumbrille
as Gen. Stuart
Willard Robertson
as Capt. Channing
Fuzzy Knight
as Sweeney
Sidney Toler
as Maj. Allen
Robert McWade
as Col. Sharpe
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Shackleford
Walter Long
as Operator 55
James Marcus
as Staff Colonel
Sam McDaniel
as Old Bob
Don Douglas
as Confederate Officer
Si Jenks
as White Trash
Reginald Barlow
as Col. Storm
Ernie Alexander
as Confederate Sentry
Richard Powell
as Confederate Sentry
Belle Daube
as Mrs. Dandridge
Frank Burt
as Confederate Lieutenant
Wally Howe
as Clergyman
William Henry
as Young Lieutenant
Richard Tucker
as Execution Officer
Arthur Grant
as Chaplain
Lila Lance
as Witch Woman
Charles Lloyd
as Union Private
DeWitt Jennings
as Artillery Man
Sam Ash
as Lieutenant
Sterling Holloway
as Wounded Soldier
Sherry Hall
as Army Officer
Douglas Fowley
as Union Officer
Fred Warren
as Gen. U.S. Grant
John Elliott
as Gen. Robert E. Lee
Frank Leighton
as Union Major
James C. Morton
as Secret Service Man
Clarence Wilson
as Claybourne
John Larkin
as Party Guest
Poppy Wilde
as Party Guest
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All Critics (2)

Spy story of the Civil War. which doesn't attempt to be believable but manages to be exciting and amusing. With Marion Davies and Gary Cooper.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Lavishly entertaining but nonsensical American Civil War spy story.

June 15, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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