CATCHER LOVER SPY- THE MOE BERG STORY
SCREENPLAY BY PAMALA L. HALL
BASED ON THE BOOK BY DAVID HUFFSTETLER
Moe Berg was a brilliant man. He was well educated and had gift for speaking many languages. He was said to have a photographic memory. He was a lawyer – when he felt like it which was not often. He loved baseball with a passion and moved thru some of the lesser teams to the top teams as a good catcher. His father disapproved of the sport and never failed to tell his son of his grave disappointment in him.
Moe seemed to have a great hunger for travel and for women. He had touched on every country practically worldwide-and yet, he never seemed really happy. There was a deep feeling of emptiness. When he met the beautiful Stella Huni some of that emptiness was at last filled. However, not enough! When a soft spoken, mysterious gentleman called Treadwell approached on his way to Japan, his world suddenly unfolded into a world of mystery and danger.
Treadwell asks Moe simply, “Do you love your country?” Moe replied, “Love my country, you dare ask? I feel as Montaigne did about Paris. I love her so tenderly that even her spots, her blemishes are dear to me…I haven’t loved many things in my life- but I do love America.” Treadwell responded, “Then help her.”
The words moved Moe deeply and it started the long journey of trying to protect his America.
He found love with Estella and often put the relationship in jeopardy with traveling around the world in a shroud of mystery. He took on undercover assignments that would be written about for years. He saw the best and the worst of the world, and did all he could to protect his country.
This screenplay, for motion picture, retells the story of this fascinating man who risked his life constantly in the underworld of espionage, all the while seeking to understand his purpose and his soul.