National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 39983 / Local Identifier 226.B6062 - BODY SEARCH, ca. 1942 - ca. 1945 - Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services. Field Photographic Branch. (01/04/1943 - 10/01/1945). DRAMATIZED TRAINING FILM: Demonstrates and describes body search process, suggests ways to avoid being searched and how to avoid detection should search occur. Undercover agents Fred and Steve go on mission to Enemiarea. R.1: Agent Frank hides microfilm under false callus on agent Steve's foot and Steve wears belt with coded message. Enemiarea secret police arrest Steve and take him to headquarters where counter agent and doctor perform body search. R.2: They use optical devices and chemical agents to search his clothes and other personal items. Enemiarea agents discover microfilm and message on belt. -
February 14, 2012 Subject:
OSS Training Film for Agents
Black and White. Sound. Confidential dramatized OSS training film.
"The film you are about to see was made for the purpose illustrating the technique of the body search. It tells the story of an untrained, native courier who forgot, or perhaps never knew, that the quickest way to fail in your mission is to blow your cover."
"The well-trained agent never attracts attention of any person to the point where there interest culminates in a body search. He protects himself by consistent, appropriate cover and good common sense."