Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 2, 1939

Espionage Agent (Warner) tries to do for spy hunters what G-Men did for the FBI in 1935. A timely, slapdash nerve-racker, it has none of the sophisticated humor with which, in such superbly organized spy thrillers as The Lady Vanishes, The Man Who Knew Too Much, smart British Director-Producer Alfred Hitchcock makes improbable situations plausible. Espionage Agent is filled with as many improbabilities as spies, and it is almost as hard to avoid spotting them.

Barry Corvall (sulky, hulky Joel McCrea) is a trig young U. S. diplomat in Morocco when civil...

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