Undercover (Office of Strategic Services Training Film)

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Undercover (Office of Strategic Services Training Film)


Analyzes preparation, arrival, establishment, and "prevalent cover" for secret agents by presenting one movie within another, as introduced by Col. Robertson, chief of Schools and Training at Office of Strategic Services.

Reel 1: Gives examples of agents discovered because of inattention to details, good cover versus bad cover. Emphasises proper attitude, study, and importance of support staff. Explains ways to infiltrate enemy territory. Illustrates effective and ineffective spy methods by comparing two agents.

Reel 2: Continues to compare agents. Ways to camouflage or dispose of revealing evidence. Explains techniques of blending into enemy culture and preparing for sudden departure, how to choose residence and how to avoid suspicion in enemy country.

Director John Ford was a member of the OSS during World War Two and acts in the film. His involvement in the production of the film is unknown.


Field Photographic Branch (Office of Strategic Services)

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Original Format

16mm b/w film



Field Photographic Branch (Office of Strategic Services), “Undercover (Office of Strategic Services Training Film),” Special Operations History Foundation, accessed May 26, 2019, http://specialoperationshistory.com/items/show/700.

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