Cloak and Dagger

Tolerably exciting, but despite some electric moments (the shockingly casual execution of Thimig, a brutal fight in an alley conducted in death like silence), a conventional World War II espionage thriller and far from Lang at his best. Cooper, morosely miscast as a scientist serving with the OSS, spends most of the time trotting round Europe ensuring that the Nazis don't get the atom bomb and that he gets the girl. The version shot by Lang was considerably more doom-laden, carrying on in a lengthy coda to suggest that Nazi scientists had found the secret of atomic power, and escaped with it to Argentina or parts unknown. Then Warners got into the act, and cut for the happy ending.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Fritz Lang
Screenwriter: Albert Maltz, Ring Lardner Jr
Cast: Gary Cooper
Lilli Palmer
Robert Alda
Vladimir Sokoloff
Helene Thimig
J Edward Bromberg
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