Fbi Story

Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy Starring: James Stewart

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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


Studio Warner
SKU 202702104
UPC 012569816138
UPC 14 00012569816138
Format DVD
Release Date 8/15/2006
Rating NR
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Mervyn LeRoy
James Stewart
Cast & Crew
Adam West - Actor
James Stewart - Actor
Joseph F. Biroc - Cinematographer
Larry Pennell - Actor
Max Steiner - Original Music By
Mervyn LeRoy - Producer
Mervyn LeRoy - Director
Philip W. Anderson - Editor
Richard L. Breen, et. al. - Writer
Vera Miles - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1959
Catalog ID 81613
UPC 00012569816138
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 149 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource DVDLaser.com
Review 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.
Reviewer Doug Pratt
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

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