This fictional spies-and-laughs movie was based on a non-fiction book about cipher-breakers during WW I. Myrna Loy was on strike at MGM, so this role was given to Russell and she did very well with it. Powell is the puzzle editor at a Washington newspaper. He quits to join the army during
the Great War. He's about to go off when he meets Russell, a bright young woman who is well connected to the government as her uncle is an official in the War Department. They fall in love in a day and promise to meet when the war is over. He gets on a troop train, but she has already pulled
strings and has him taken off and brought back to the capital to use his puzzle-brain to d...