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Operator 13

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1934
Directed by Richard Boleslawski
Running time: 86 minutes

Sleepy Head, Jungle Fever, Once in a Lifetime, Private Jones.

Marion Davies, Gary Cooper, Sterling Holloway, Ted Healy, Fuzzy Knight, Jean Arthur, The Mills Brothers.

Gail Loveless (Marion Davies) is a singer in the Pauline Cushman players, an acting troupe touring the Union camps during the Civil War. She is spotted by two scouts and is offered a position as a Union Spy. Proclaimed Operator 13, Gail embarks on a mission (as a mulatto launderer!) into the deep south. She meets dashing Captain John Galliard (Gary Cooper) at the river and is taken by his great looks.

Narrowly escaping capture, Gail and the Mill Brothers (playing a roving medicine show) rescue another operator from execution. Gail returns to the South again as a white Belle fleeing the Yankees who have arrested her father.

Captain Galliard dines with her hosts and they meet again. In love, it's difficult to send destruction to Galliard's troupe. They separate after Galliard learns that she is a spy. After the war they are together again, this time under one flag.