I Led 3 Lives, Volume 3

Four more rare episodes of this paranoia-filled 1950s TV series in which Richard Carlson plays Herbert Philbrick, a Boston ad exec who lives a triple life as an average citizen, Communist party member, and spy for the FBI.
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DVD-R Details

  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 10, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Description by OLDIES.com:

"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 leading man, 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). The show was a smash hit, and was nominated for Best Mystery Program for two consecutive years at the Primetime Emmy Awards. 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.

BAITED TRAP: Philbrick smuggles a list of confirmed Communists out of party headquarters, but it may be bait for a trap to expose him. Future TV mogul Aaron Spelling has a brief scene playing an elevator operator, back in the days when he was a struggling actor.

RAILROAD STRIKE ATTEMPT: The Communists try to turn railroad workers against America by distributing leaflets decrying unsafe working conditions.

CAVIAR: Herb is given a tin of imported caviar by a fellow Party member - only to discover that it contains instructions for sabotage!

CAPTURED CONGRESSMAN: A politician running on an anti-communism platform is secretly being funded by the Party in an effort to smear him.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 3,255
  • UPC: 089218829696
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