I Was an American Spy
Biography / Documentary / Historical Drama / War
Directed by Lesley Selander
Ann Dvorak Claire Phillips alias Claire Snyder aka 'High Pockets'
Gene Evans as Corporal John Boone
Douglas Kennedy as Sgt. John Phillips
Richard Loo as Col. Masamoto
Leon Lontok as Pacio
Chabing as Lolita
Philip Ahn as Captain Arito
Marya Marco as Fely
Nadene Ashdown as Dian
Lisa Ferraday as Dorothy Fuentes
Howard Chuman as Kamuri
Freddie Revelala as Zig Zag
James B. Leong as Ho Sang
General Mark W. Clark as Himself - Authenticator in Prologue
Claire Phillips, a cafe entertainer in Manila, marries a U.S. soldier on December 8, 1941, after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, and when he is killed fighting the Japanese invasion of the Phillipines, she returns to her calling as a means of obtaining and transmitting to the American and Filipino guerillas information, supplies and services which the Filipino underground uses in its aid to the Allied forces fighting the Japanese invaders. She has narrow escapes from detection and detention, until she is finally exposed as a spy, arrested, convicted and imprisoned.
Claire Phillips (December 2, 1908 to May 22, 1960), also known as Clara Fuentes or High Pockets, was an American spy who worked in the Japanese controlled Philippines during World War II. In 1951, upon the recommendation of General Douglas MacArthur, she received the Medal of Freedom.
After the war, Phillips returned with her daughter to the United States where she wrote Manila Espionage, a book about her experiences. Her story was made into the Hollywood movie I Was An American Spy, starring Ann Dvorak as Claire Phillips. Phillips was later a guest on the television series "This Is Your Life" hosted by Ralph Edwards.