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Reliving A 1942 Double-Feature
SECRET AGENT OF JAPAN (1942) --- Shanghai saloon owner Preston Foster sticks his neck out for nobody until marauding Japanese force his hand in lead-up to the Pearl Harbor raid. There's a secret code upon which nations are at stake, spy vs. spying with Brit operative Lynn Bari, plus occidentals eye-enhanced to look the
RINGS ON HER FINGERS (1942) --- Henry Fonda plays the fool for con-folk Laird Cregar and Spring Byington, their comely assist an at-peak Gene Tierney, being Fox sold on basis of looks and swimsuit art, that last heavily hypoed in ad art, as at top. Gene is a reluctant swindler, being less wise to corrupt way of the world than a Barbara Stanwyck who worked unapologetic wiles on Fonda the previous year in an approximate same-story we remember much better, The Lady Eve. Did studios informally issue one another a license to steal? It was good for business to share; after all, they pooled movies in affiliated theatres to maximize profit, Fox houses for instance running Metro pics and both shoveling coin.