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I Was an American Spy Details


I Was an American Spy is a true story, based on a series of autobiographical Reader's Digest articles written by Claire Phillips. Ann Dvorak stars as Ms. Phillips, an American nightclub singer trapped in Singapore when the Japanese march in. Having lost her husband to the Bataan death march, Phillips agrees to join an American secret agent (Gene Evans) in undermining the Japanese occupation troops. She is captured by the enemy, tortured, and sentenced to be shot, but is rescued at the last minute by her American contact. I Was an American Spy handles its more brutal scenes with a marked degree of tastefulness, thanks to the careful direction of Lesley Selander. Just as in their wartime movie appearances, Chinese actor Richard Loo and Korean actor Philip Ahn are eminently hissable as the Japanese villains. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Ann Dvorak
as Claire Phillips
Gene Evans
as Boone
Douglas Kennedy
as John Phillips
Richard Loo
as Col. Masamoto
Philip Ahn
as Capt. Arito
Marya Marco
as Fely
Nadene Ashdown
as Dian
Lisa Ferraday
as Dorothy
Howard Chuman
as Kamuri
Bret Hamilton
as GI
Lane Bradford
as Driver
Riley Hill
as Thompson
George Fields
as Harmonica Player
William Tannen
as US Army Captain
Frank Jenks
as Mac
Gil Herman
as Lieutenant
William Yip
as Gen. Saito
Weaver Levy
as Japanese Guard
Harold Fong
Dennis Moore
as Sgt. Borden
Leon Lontoc
as Pacio
John Damler
as Soldier
Jack Reynolds
as US Sergeant
Angel Cruz
as Mashito


Lesley Selander
Sam Roeca
Harry Neumann
Arthur Hammerstein
Dudley Wilkinson
Edward Kay
Composer (Music Score)
Phil Cahn
Claire Phillips
Short Story Author