The FBI Story

The FBI Story (1959)

You are crouched in a basement stairway opposite a theatre in Chicago. Keep your eyes on that FBI man across the street. He has set the trap for deadly public enemy, John Dillinger...

  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Release Date: 1959-10-01
  • User Rating: 6/10 from 35 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 29min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Mervyn LeRoy
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A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.

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  • James Stewart

    as John Michael ('Chip') Hardesty
  • Vera Miles

    as Lucy Ann Hardesty
  • Murray Hamilton

    as Sam Crandall
  • Larry Pennell

    as George Crandall
  • Nick Adams

    as John Gilbert ('Jack') Graham
  • Diane Jergens

    as Jennie Hardesty
  • Jean Willes

    as Anna Sage
  • Joyce Taylor

    as Anne Hardesty
  • Victor Millan

    as Mario
  • Parley Baer

    as Harry Dakins
  • Paul Genge

    as "Whitey"
  • Fay Roope

    as Dwight McCutcheon
  • Ed Prentiss

    as U.S. Marshal
  • Robert Gist

    as Medicine Salesman
  • Buzz Martin

    as Mike Hardesty
  • Ken Mayer

    as Casket Salesman (as Kenneth Mayer)
  • Michael Smith

    as George Crandall at 12 (uncredited)
  • Patrick Whyte

    as Major (uncredited)
  • Al McGranary

    as Mr. Ballard (uncredited)
  • Victor Adamson

    as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Luana Anders

    as Mrs. Graham (uncredited)
  • Audley Anderson

    as Farmer (uncredited)
  • Herb Armstrong

    as Frank Nash (uncredited)
  • Eleanor Audley

    as Mrs. King - Graham's Mother (uncredited)
  • Benjie Bancroft

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • David Barclay

    as FBI Agent #3 (uncredited)
  • Fern Barry

    as Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Charles Bateman

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Barbara Beall

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Beck

    as Jennie Hardesty at 2 (uncredited)
  • Shirley Bonne

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Nesdon Booth

    as Sandy - Driver (uncredited)
  • Richard Boyer

    as Ticket Agent (uncredited)
  • Chet Brandenburg

    as Construction Worker (uncredited)
  • Jerry Brent

    as Western Union Boy (uncredited)
  • Lowell Brown

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Peter Brown

    as FBI Agent at Hearting (voice) (uncredited)
  • Charles Brunner

    as Bill Smith (uncredited)
  • Theona Bryant

    as Edith Crandall (uncredited)
  • Henry Casso

    as Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
  • Dick Cherney

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Robert Clarke

    as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Mary Lou Clifford

    as Indian Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
  • Bud Cokes

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Alan Craig

    as Fred Barker (uncredited)
  • Jane Crowley

    as Ma Barker (uncredited)
  • John Damler

    as Denver S.A.C. (uncredited)
  • Jeanne Dante

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Susan Davis

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Angelo De Meo

    as Fred Hunter (uncredited)
  • Sayre Dearing

    as Airport Employee (uncredited)
  • Gabriel Del Valle

    as Argentine Policeman (uncredited)
  • Vera Denham

    as Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Paul Denton

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Ann Doran

    as Mrs. Ballard (uncredited)
  • Joan Dupuis

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Robin Eccles

    as Anne Hardesty at 4 (uncredited)
  • Mary Ann Edwards

    as Marge (uncredited)
  • Tippy Elam

    as Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
  • Ben Erway

    as Justice Dept. Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Ella Ethridge

    as Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
  • Sam Flint

    as Doctor (uncredited)
  • George Ford

    as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Terry Frost

    as Craig (uncredited)
  • Michael Garrett

    as Insurance Salesman (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Gibson

    as Graduation Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Arthur D. Gilmour

    as Major (uncredited)
  • James Gonzalez

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Roy Gordon

    as Emmett Reese (uncredited)
  • Rand Harper

    as Assistant Denver S.A.C. (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Harrower

    as Clerk (uncredited)
  • Harry Harvey

    as Mrs. King's Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Les Hellman

    as Kirby (uncredited)
  • Jack Henderson

    as Hardware Store Owner (uncredited)
  • Tex Holden

    as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Judd Holdren

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • J. Edgar Hoover

    as J. Edgar Hoover (uncredited)
  • Rand Hopper

    as Assistant Denver S.A.C. (uncredited)
  • Carroll House

    as Dover (uncredited)
  • Sid Kane

    as George Metzger - Espionage Agent (uncredited)
  • Stacy Keach, Sr.

    as Machine Gun Kelly (uncredited)
  • Rickey Kelman

    as Mike Hardesty at 10 (uncredited)
  • George Khoury

    as Alvin Karpis (uncredited)
  • Walter Kightly

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Kay E. Kuter

    as Barber (uncredited)
  • Morgan Lane

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Eddie Little Sky

    as Henry Roanhorse (uncredited)
  • Robert Locke Lorraine

    as Plane Passenger (uncredited)
  • William Lovett

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Jenni Lynn

    as Jennie Hardesty at 4 (uncredited)
  • Ted Mapes

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Lori Martin

    as Anne Hardesty at 8 (uncredited)
  • Russ McCubbin

    as Ku Klux Klan Member / Man Setting In Diner (uncredited)
  • David McMahon

    as Klansman (uncredited)
  • Tom Monroe

    as Klansman (uncredited)
  • Ray Montgomery

    as Driver (uncredited)
  • Burt Mustin

    as Uncle Fudd Schneider (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Neumann

    as Landlady (uncredited)
  • Ron Nyman

    as Commuter at Airport (uncredited)
  • Alan Paige

    as Checker (uncredited)
  • George Pembroke

    as Chief of Civil Aeronautics Board (uncredited)
  • Bob Peoples

    as Sam Cowley (uncredited)
  • Scott Peters

    as John Dillinger (uncredited)
  • Bob Peterson

    as Pretty Boy Foyd (uncredited)
  • William Phipps

    as Baby Face Nelson (uncredited)
  • John Pickard

    as Klansman (uncredited)
  • Murray Pollack

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Jim Porcupine

    as Indian Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
  • James Porta

    as Argentine Policeman (uncredited)
  • Charles Postal

    as Justice Dept. Lawyer (uncredited)
  • John Quijada

    as Argentine Policeman (uncredited)
  • Paul Ravel

    as Counterman (uncredited)
  • Grandon Rhodes

    as Minister at Funeral (uncredited)
  • Herman Rudin

    as Hoodlum (uncredited)
  • Emily All Runner

    as Servant Girl (uncredited)
  • Grant Scott

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • George Selk

    as Organist / Janitor (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Skyeagle

    as Rita Smith (uncredited)
  • Mabel Smaney

    as Passerby Outside Theatre (uncredited)
  • Gil Smith

    as Mike Hardesty at 6 (uncredited)
  • Paul Smith

    as Albert Shaw (uncredited)
  • Charles Soldani

    as Indian on Train (uncredited)
  • Bert Spencer

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Vincent St. Cyr

    as Dan Savagehorse (uncredited)
  • Glenn Stensel

    as Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
  • Michael Switlick

    as Anne's 3-Year-Old Son (uncredited)
  • Forrest Taylor

    as Wedding Minister (uncredited)
  • Guy Teague

    as Deputy Marshal (uncredited)
  • Jack Tesler

    as Operator (uncredited)
  • Roy Thinnes

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • William J. Thomas

    as Janitor (uncredited)
  • Clyde Tolson

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Alfred Tonkel

    as Druggist (uncredited)
  • John Truax

    as Boyd (uncredited)
  • John Varnum

    as Brackenridge (uncredited)
  • James Vickery

    as Schaeffer (uncredited)
  • Elmore Vincent

    as Farmer (uncredited)
  • Ed Wagner

    as Sawyer (uncredited)
  • Selene Walters

    as Polly (uncredited)
  • Maurice Wells

    as Speaker (uncredited)
  • Adam West

    as Man on Two-Way Radio (voice) (uncredited)
  • Will J. White

    as Silvano / J. Edgar Hoover (uncredited)
  • Guy Wilkerson

    as Cliff Eberhardt (uncredited)
  • Tom Wilson

    as Chicago Passerby (uncredited)
  • Herbert Winters

    as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Britt Wood

    as Farmer (uncredited)
  • Roque Ybarra

    as Murdered Indian (uncredited)
  • Chief Yowlachie

    as Harry Willowtree (uncredited)
Writing John Twist Screenplay
Writing Richard L. Breen Screenplay
Directing Mervyn LeRoy Director
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Writing Don Whitehead Book
Production Mervyn LeRoy Producer
Camera Joseph F. Biroc Director of Photography
Art John Beckman Art Direction
Editing Philip W. Anderson Editor
Sound M.A. Merrick Sound
Art Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration
Sound Murray Cutter Orchestrator
Costume & Make-Up Adele Palmer Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Gordon Bau Makeup Supervisor
Directing Gil Kissel Assistant Director
Directing David Silver Assistant Director
Crew Bob Herron Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Harlan W. Phillips Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ann Saunders Hairstylist
Directing Jack Boland Assistant Director
Sound Irvin Jay Sound Editor
Sound George Reid Sound Editor
Crew Ted Mapes Stunts
Editing John F. Burnett Assistant Editor
Crew J. Edgar Hoover Thanks