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Secret Service 

Set in Richmond, Virginia in October 1864, tells the story of a Union spy working to seize control of the telegraph office.

Director:

Peter Levin

Writer:

William Gillette (play)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Lenny Baker ... Henry Dumont
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Maxwell
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Varney
Joe Grifasi ... Cpl. Matson
David Harris ... Jonas
Mary Beth Hurt ... Caroline Mitford
Jeffrey Jones ... Sgt. Wilson
Charles Kimbrough ... Benton Arrelsford
John Lithgow ... Capt. Thorne
Arthur Miller Arthur Miller ... Messenger B
Moultrie Patten Moultrie Patten ... Cavalry orderly
Jonathan Penzner Jonathan Penzner ... Lt. Allison
Roy Poole ... Maj. Gen. Randolph
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ... Lt. Foray
Hansford Rowe ... Messenger A
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Set in Richmond, Virginia on an evening in October 1864, tells the story of a Union spy working to seize control of the telegraph office by posing as the wounded Confederate Captain Thorne. The spy's false orders raise the suspicions of a southern agent, who uses a local girl in love with Thorne to set a trap. Written by jrodor@pacbell.net

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Servicio secreto See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was a videotaped performance of a Phoenix Theatre Company production which played at the Playhouse Theatre in New York in 1976. The play started in previews on March 30, 1976 and, after 15 performances, opened April 12 of that year and played for 13 performances, closing May 2. It was performed in tandem with "Boy Meets Girl." See more »

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Version of Secret Service (1919) See more »

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19th Century Expectations?
10 March 2004 | by karlpovSee all my reviews

This is a Civil War melodrama written around the turn of the century by William Gillette, who is better known for the first stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

Secret Service mostly still works pretty well. The dialogue is stilted by modern standards, but fortunately Lithgow, Streep, and company play it straight.

I had a problem with the conclusion, which may have something to do with changing standards of right and wrong. The hero makes a choice which the audience is evidently supposed to perceive as noble, but which may strike today's sensibilities very differently. I suppose the drama might be fuel for some interesting arguments about morality and ethics.


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