Walk East On Beacon

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Spy

This solid pseudo-documentary follow-up to the far superior THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET was, like its predecessor, produced by Rochemont. Based on a Reader's Digest story allegedly written by J. Edgar Hoover, it's a penetration into the "Red Menace" that is more of a commercial for the FBI than anything else. Graves is a spy who was born in the US and is now...read more

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This solid pseudo-documentary follow-up to the far superior THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET was, like its predecessor, produced by Rochemont. Based on a Reader's Digest story allegedly written by J. Edgar Hoover, it's a penetration into the "Red Menace" that is more of a commercial for the FBI

than anything else. Graves is a spy who was born in the US and is now working for the Soviets. His job has been to secure valuable information on a new project known as "Falcon." When he fails to do this, he is replaced by Stepanek, the best spy in the USSR. Graves is spirited away on a Polish

ship and his wife, Pettit, who is totally innocent, immediately contacts the FBI to find out what's happened to her missing hubby. Agent Murphy is put on the job, and together with some Boston-based cohorts, uncovers the plot. Currie is a refugee scientist. He is busily contemplating weighty

matters about time and space (never fully explained), and the Russkies go after him. His son is in Europe and they use the threat of killing the lad to attempt to extract information from Currie. But the scientist notifies Murphy and a plan is concocted to feed the spies the wrong data. Stepanek

isn't stupid, however, and he is soon hip to the duplicity, and eventually lays his hands on the real material. The FBI pounces and arrests all of Stepanek's men, but he manages to get away and nab Currie. He intends taking the old man back to Russia in a sub that's moored off the Massachusetts

shore. Before that can happen, the Coast Guard joins up with the FBI and the spy ring is cracked. Borden Mace and Lothar Wolff acted as Rochemont's associates on this picture that eschews phony dramatics and suspense in favor of a realistic depiction of spy operations. Three writers were brought

in to punch up Rosten's script.

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