The FBI Story (1959)
Russian spies and a specially modified Franklin half dollar
The 1959 Warner Bros. film "The FBI Story" is about the life and service of a US Justice Department
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent played by James Stewart.
giving a talk to younger agents on director J. Edgar Hoover and the history of the FBI.
who have become wealthy from oil wells, battling various 1930's gangsters and bank robbers including
John Dillinger, then working in South America monitoring Nazi smuggling activity.
killed in action in World War II, and ends as a senior agent heading the investigation into a pair of
Russian spies in New York City.
The coin accidently comes into the hands of the FBI and leads them to the spies.
After World War II ends, the FBI is ordered to investigate and apprehend spies working for Russia,
also known then as the Soviet Union.
2. Cleaning and pressing shop
A worker pressing a suit sees a familiar image.
3. Imprint of coin
He asks his partner "when will people learn" to clean out their pockets, the pulls out the coin
and throws it onto a table.
4. Special half dollar
The coin is a Franklin half dollar dated 1950.
They are named after American Benjamin Franklin who appears on the obverse.
These coins were made from 1948 to 1963.
A Franklin half dollar:
5. United States Benjamin Franklin half dollar 1950
The worker spots the microfilm and calls the FBI who send an agent over.
The FBI discovers that the man who owns the suit was a member of various communist groups
but dropped out of all of them two years before.
6. Agent Hardesty confers with colleagues
At a zoo Whitey meets Metzger, a known Russian spy who the FBI has been following for some time.
7. Agent Hardesty gets a call
The red telephone takes calls from only one person, the FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
ending up at Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees baseball team.
pass the coin.
8. At Yankee Stadium
The spy leaves the stadium and then is followed to "Broadway Joe", a small establishment.
9. Broadway Joe's place
Whitey and Metzger meet, watched by FBI agents.
10. Russian spies together
Whitey slides the special coin to Metzger.
11. Passing the special coin
An agent grabs the coin which breaks open.
Other agents arrest the two men for espionage.
James Stewart as John 'Chip' Hardesty
Vera Miles as Lucy Hardesty
Writers: Richard L. Breen, John Twist, Don Whitehead (book)