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Fbi Story (1959)

Director: Mervyn LeRoy     Starring: James Stewart
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202702104
UPC: 012569816138
UPC 14: 00012569816138
Category Keywords: Cops  Theatrical Release  Thieves  True Story
Rating: NR
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American movie icon James Stewart portrays one of J. Edgar Hoover's finest and Vera Miles co-stars as his steadfast wife in this salute to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The colorful career of Agent Chip Hardesty (Stewart) covers 1924 to the late '50s. Along the way he tangles with everything from the Ku Klux Klan to a bomber who commits mass murder for insurance money. His fiercest exploits come in the '30s when he stares down a gun barrel at Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker and John Dillinger. From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Don Whitehead's bestseller and directed by veteran Hollywood hitmaker Mervyn LeRoy, The FBI Story is your rat-a-tat ticket to the inside story.Running Time: 149 min.Format: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
Jimmy Stewart plays the great American yet again as Chip Hardesty, a backwoods paper pusher for the Bureau of Investigation, the predecessor to the FBI. Under pressure from his wife, Lucy (Vera Miles), Hardesty decides to resign in order to pursue a more lucrative career as a lawyer. But when he travels to D.C., Hardesty meets the bureau's new boss, J. Edgar Hoover, and decides to stick with the organization. Over the next 30 years, Hardesty travels the country to face all the evils and villains of the United States, including the Ku Klux Klan, murderous oil barons, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Nazis, and communist spies. Throughout, Hardesty struggles between his commitment to his growing family and the life-threatening demands of his job. Choosing the street operator's perspective on the history of the FBI provides the film with numerous action sequences that are accompanied by a fine score from maestro Max Steiner.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/15/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 149 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1959
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 81613
Video UPC UPC: 00012569816138
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adam West
Video Cast Info James Stewart
Video Cast Info Larry Pennell
Video Cast Info Vera Miles
Video Cast Info Joseph F. Biroc - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Max Steiner - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Mervyn LeRoy - Producer
Video Cast Info Mervyn LeRoy - Director
Video Cast Info Philip W. Anderson - Editor
Video Cast Info Richard L. Breen, et. al. - Writer
Plot Summary
THE FBI STORY follows the career of a straight-arrow FBI agent from the Prohibition-era founding of the bureau to the cold war as he struggles between loyalty to his family and dedication to his career.

Professional Reviews 9 of 10
Seen through the eyes of a fictional agent, portrayed by Jimmy Stewart, the movie traces the history of the Bureau in an episodic fashion, beginning with a piece on the Ku Klux Klan, and moving on to the murder of Indians in Oklahoma in the twenties, the gangsters of the thirties, Nazis in the forties, and Communists in the fifties. The color scheme of the film is conceptually drab and institutional, that is until the Communist sequence--agents trail a spy in New York City--where suddenly there are bright red objects and red backgrounds all over the place. It is a wonderful effect which works quite well on the disc. - Doug Pratt
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