I Led 3 Lives: Volume 2TV Series/Drama
Box Office: $0.0M
PRINCIPAL CASTRichard Carlson, John Zaremba
DIRECTORLeslie Goodwins, Eddie Davis, Herbert L. Strock
"This is the fantastically true story of Herbert A. Philbrick, who for nine frightening years lived three lives...average citizen, high-level member of the Communist Party, and counterspy for the Federal Bureau of Investigation." Based on the best-selling book, I Led 3 Lives kept TV viewers in nail-biting suspense for three seasons in syndication. It told the true story of Herbert Philbrick, a Boston ad executive who for nine years infiltrated the Communist Party at the request of the FBI. In 1949, the Justice Department called on Philbrick as a witness in the Smith Act trials of Communist Party leaders, breaking his cover and effectively ending his usefulness as an FBI operative. Afterwards he documented his experiences in a book, I Led Three Lives: Citizen, 'Communist', Counterspy. In 1953, ZIV Television Programs turned the book into a series. Richard Carlson, a former MGM contract player, was cast as Philbrick. Carlson had a long career as a romantic lead, but he is nevertheless best remembered for his roles in classic sci-fi films such as It Came from Outer Space (1953) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Despite Philbrick's status as a consultant on the series, very few of the episodes had anything to do with the exploits related in his book, with the author only credited on 5 of the 117 screenplays produced. I Led 3 Lives is a reminder of those heady days of Cold War paranoia, when a Communist spy could be waiting around every corner.
THE WIFE: Herbert's wife confronts him after finding Communist materials in their home.
CIVIL DEFENSE: Philbrick is chosen along with three other Party members to steal civil defense secrets from a U.S. military base.
GUN RUNNING: The Communists use Philbrick as a dupe to smuggle guns into Party members' hands.
PASSPORTS: Philbrick must intercept a forged passport before a Communist agent can use it to enter the United States.
Note: Due to the age and rarity of these shows, some picture anomalies exist.
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