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Diplomatic Courier (1952)

Cold War yarn about a US State Department courier who tangles with Soviet agents and seductive women in post WW2 Europe.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Liam O'Brien (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tyrone Power ... Mike Kells
Patricia Neal ... Joan Ross
Stephen McNally ... Col. Mark Cagle
Hildegard Knef ... Janine Betki (as Hildegarde Neff)
Karl Malden ... Sgt. Ernie Guelvada
James Millican ... Sam F. Carew
Stefan Schnabel ... Rasumny Platov
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Arnov
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake ... Max Ralli
Helene Stanley ... Airline Stewardess
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Storyline

Department of State courier Mike Kells ends up in postwar hotbed Trieste after failing to collect a package from a colleague. The Military Police are happy for him to get more involved, but things get a bit tough. After all, he is just a postman. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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NO. 1 TARGET FOR 1000 ENEMY AGENTS FROM PARIS TO SALZBURG TO TRIESTE! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurier nach Triest See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1952, when this film was released,Austria was under joint Allied occupation (American, British,French and Soviet areas).Vienna , much like Berlin , was also divided among four zones of occupation.In 1955,as a result of the newly signed Austrian State Treaty,most of the Allied occupation armies,including the Soviet Army withdrew from Austria. See more »

Goofs

Near the opening, we see the switchboard in the state department, with labels over the various patch-cord inputs. One of them is labeled "MANILLA" rather than "Manila." See more »

Quotes

Mike Kells: [to Janine about Sam's watch] Where did they get this? Did they take it off Sam's body? Was it part of your pay?
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Played on the piano at the cabaret
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Aged, But Still Good in 2004
31 January 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Cold War, Mike Kells (Tyrone Power) is a courier, who has the mission to meet his friend Sam Carew (James Millican) in a train in Europe and bring some documents back to Washington. However, Sam is killed in the train, and Mike finds a hint in his pocket, indicating he should go to Trieste to find Janine (Hildegard Knef), the last contact of Sam before he dies. Meanwhile, Joan Ross (Patricia Neal), an American widow that Mike met in the plane, shows a great interest in Mike. Mike does not know, but he is used by American government as a bait. This movie has aged a lot, by remains very attractive. The story, full of plot points, is still very good. In Brazil, it is only available on cable television. The DVD and the VHS have not been released. My vote is seven

Title (Brazil): `Missão Perigosa em Trieste' (`Dangerous Mission in Trieste')


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