FBI Story, The (1959): Starring Jimmy Stewart and Vera Miles

In this salute to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jimmy Stewart portrays one of J. Edgar Hoover’s finest man.

Vera Miles co-stars as his steadfast wife.

The colorful career of Agent Chip Hardesty (Stewart) spans over three decades, from 1924 to the late 1950s.

Based on two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Don Whitehead’s bestseller, and tautly directed by Mervyn LeRoy, the film describes how, along the way, he tangles with everything from the Ku Klux Klan to a bomber that commits mass murder for the insurance money.

Hardesty’s fiercest exploits come in the 1930s when he stares down a gun barrel at Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker, and John Dillinger.