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Joseph E. Davies (book)
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22 May 1943 (USA) See more »
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One American's Journey into the Truth
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Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Walter Huston ... Ambassador Joseph E. Davies
Ann Harding ... Mrs. Marjorie Davies
Oskar Homolka ... Maxim Litvinov, Foreign Minister

George Tobias ... Freddie

Gene Lockhart ... Premier Molotov

Eleanor Parker ... Emlen Davies
Richard Travis ... Paul
Helmut Dantine ... Maj. Kamenev
Victor Francen ... Vyshinsky, chief trial prosecutor

Henry Daniell ... Minister von Ribbentrop
Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Litvinov
Dudley Field Malone ... Winston Churchill
Roman Bohnen ... Mr. Krestinsky
Maria Palmer ... Tanya Litvinov
Moroni Olsen ... Col. Faymonville
Minor Watson ... Loy Henderson
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Mikhail Kalinin, USSR president
Maurice Schwartz ... Dr. Botkin
Joseph E. Davies ... Himself - in Prologue
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernst Hausman ... Ship's Steward

John Abbott ... Grinko (uncredited)
Ernie Adams ... Heckler (uncredited)
Ed Agresti ... Second Trial Judge (uncredited)
Alex Akimoff ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich ... Man at Bar in Montage (uncredited)
Demetrius Alexis ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
Elizabeth Archer ... Elderly Woman (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Train Announcer (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... American Senator (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Electrician at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Father (uncredited)
Robert Baikoff ... Soldier (uncredited)
Felix Basch ... Dr. Hjalmar Schacht - Banker (uncredited)
Nino Bellini ... Italian Reporter (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
Tina Blagoi ... Russian Woman (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Heckler (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Heckler (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... M. Delbeau - French Minister (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Heinrich Sahm (uncredited)
Barbara Brown ... Well-Wisher at Train (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... American Delegate (uncredited)
Alexander Campbell ... Senator (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Congressman (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... American Senator (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Yugoslavian President (uncredited)
Nikolai Celikhovsky ... Soviet Official (uncredited)
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Shop Foreman (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Japanese Diplomat (uncredited)

Cyd Charisse ... Galina Ulanova - Ballerina (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Newspaperman in Courtroom (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ... Pierre Laval (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Japanese Ambassador Shigemitsu (uncredited)
Virginia Christine ... Maria - Beautician (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Well-wisher with Bill (uncredited)
Donald Clayton ... Vincent Massey (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Heckler (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Blacksmith (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Italian (uncredited)
Jerome Cowan ... Spendler (uncredited)
Noel Cravat ... Workman (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Delegate Van deWater (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya ... Russian Girl (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Senator (uncredited)
George Davis ... French Reporter (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... French Maniac (uncredited)
Leander De Cordova ... Heckler (uncredited)
Wally Dean ... Isolaltionist (uncredited)
Igor Dega ... Litvinov's Secretary (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Molotov's Secretary (uncredited)
Lala Detolly ... Russian Woman (uncredited)
John Dilson ... American Senator (uncredited)
Warren Douglas ... Emlen's Well-Wisher at Train Station (uncredited)
Eugene Eberle ... Son (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Radio Listener (uncredited)
Anthony Eden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ben Erway ... Heckler (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Dutch Banker (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... German Diplomat at Train Station (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... American Newsman (uncredited)
Robert Fischer ... von Schulenberg (uncredited)
James Flavin ... American Senator (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... Isolationist (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Tsiang Ting Fu - Chinese Ambassador (uncredited)
Ross Ford ... Johnny - Emlen's Well-Wisher at Train Station (uncredited)
William Forrest ... American Newsman (uncredited)
Patrica Fung ... Chinese Girl (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Newsreel Photographer (uncredited)
Gene Gary ... Russian Foreman (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Commentator (uncredited)
Joseph W. Girard ... American Senator (uncredited)
George Glebeff ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
Sam Goldenberg ... Mr. Leon Trotsky (uncredited)
Ernest Golm ... Fat German (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Train Passenger Arriving Late (uncredited)
Gregory Golubeff ... Commandant of the Court (uncredited)
Christine Gordon ... Parachutist (uncredited)
William Gould ... Isolationist (uncredited)
Alexander Granach ... Russian Air Force Officer (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... White House Butler (uncredited)
Henry Guttman ... O.G.P.U. Man in Taxi (uncredited)
Hermann Göring ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bobby Hale ... Man at Inn (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Charlie - American Newsman (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Lord Chilston (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Isolaltionist (uncredited)
Frank Hemphill ... Grandfather (uncredited)
Yvonne Hendricks ... Minister's Wife (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... American Newsman (uncredited)
Herbert Heyes ... Congressman (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Hoffman ... Mr. Radek (uncredited)
Bert Howard ... Senator (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Heckler (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Parliament Member (uncredited)
Frieda Inescort ... Madame Molotov (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Machinist (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Dutch Banker (uncredited)
Allen Jung ... Japanese Diplomat (uncredited)
Erwin Kalser ... German Businessman (uncredited)
Joseph Kamaryt ... Old Russian (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Heckler (uncredited)
Zoia Karabanova ... Russian Train Engineer (uncredited)
Kurt Katch ... Gen. Semen Timoshenko (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Isolationist (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... American Newsman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Parade Soldier Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Heckler (uncredited)
Emmett King ... British Delegate (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Joseph Stalin (uncredited)
Nicholas Kobliansky ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
Al Kunde ... Father (uncredited)
Adia Kuznetzoff ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Rosso - Italian Ambassador (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Man in Kitchenin Montage (uncredited)
Ivan Lebedeff ... Mr. Rosengoltz (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ... Dancer at Ball (uncredited)
Gabriel Lenoff ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
George Lessey ... Bill - Well-wisher (uncredited)
Marion Lessing ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Reporter (uncredited)
Adolf E. Licho ... Bookseller (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... German Reporter (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Churchill (uncredited)
Kathleen Lockhart ... Lady Chilston (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Man with Microphone (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... American Newsman (uncredited)
Rosa Margot ... Russian Servant (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Timid Man (uncredited)
Janet Martin ... Natasha (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Reporter at Train (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Russian Machinist Workman (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... League of Nations Official / Ball Guest (uncredited)
Lafe McKee ... Radio Listener (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Mr. Pyatakov (uncredited)
Marie Melish ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... German Reporter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Dancer at Ball / Congressman (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Heckler (uncredited)
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Anthony Eden (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Isolationist (uncredited)
Martin Noble ... Russian Officer (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Congressman (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Irish-American in Montage (uncredited)
Daniel Ocko ... Mr. Yagoda (former OGPU Head) (uncredited)
Michael Panaieff ... Ulanova's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Court Attendant (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Uncaring Businessman (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Russian Military Policeman (uncredited)
Irene Pedrini ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Frank Penny ... Heckler (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Doctor (uncredited)
René Plaissetty ... Coulendre (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Trial Judge Ulrich (uncredited)
Louis Quince ... Member of Parliament (uncredited)
Emil Rameau ... Ignacy Paderewski (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... General von Koestrich - German ambassador (uncredited)
Duncan Renaldo ... Italian Reporter (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... President Paul van Zeeland (uncredited)
Vera Richkova ... Parachutist (uncredited)
Betty Roadman ... Mother (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Accused Member of O.G.P.U. (uncredited)
Nico Romoff ... Foreman (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... Herr Schmidt (uncredited)

Richard Ryen ... German Major (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Tanya Samova ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Spadebeard (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... German Reporter (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Train Gate Guard (uncredited)
Irina Semochenko ... Parachutist (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Mr. Nikolai Bukharin (uncredited)
Robert Shayne ... Engineer (uncredited)
Tamara Shayne ... Russian Nurse (uncredited)
Evelynne Smith ... Daughter (uncredited)
Leonid Snegoff ... Kommodov (uncredited)
George Sorel ... German Bund Member (uncredited)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudolf Steinboeck ... German (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Southerner in Montage (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... Englishman (uncredited)
Sándor Szabó ... Ski Troop Lieutenant (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Guest at Davies' Speech (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... O.G.P.U. Man (uncredited)
Zina Torchina ... Parachutist (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Mr. Tukhachevsky (former general) (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Secretary of State Cordell Hull (uncredited)
Tom Tully ... American Engineer in Russia (uncredited)
Olga Uljanovskaja ... Russian Nurse (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... German Diplomat in Berlin (uncredited)
Henry Victor ... Herr Schufeldt - Hamburg Official (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Barkov (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Raymond - Davies' Butler (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Mother (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Naval Attache (uncredited)
Peggy Watts ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Heckler (uncredited)

John Wengraf ... Polish Ambassador Grzybowski (uncredited)
Mischa Westfall ... Petya (uncredited)
Leigh Whipper ... Haile Selassie (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Mr. Sokolnikov (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Well-Wisher at Train (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Parachutist (uncredited)
Victor Wong ... Japanese Diplomat (uncredited)
Jack Young ... President Roosevelt (uncredited)
Alfred Zeisler ... German Train Conductor (uncredited)
Esther Zeitlin ... Russian Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Joseph E. Davies (book)

Howard Koch (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Buckner .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon 
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
Don Siegel .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Editorial Department
James Leicester .... montage
Don Siegel .... montage
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestral arrangements (as Bernard Kaun)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jay Leyda .... technical advisor
LeRoy Prinz .... ballet stager (as Leroy Prinz)
Don King .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
123 min (Turner library print) | 124 min (copyright length)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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This film was often mentioned during the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in its investigation of alleged Communist "infiltration" of the motion picture industry and was chiefly responsible for the blacklisting of screenwriter Howard Koch. Warner Bros. studio head Jack L. Warner defended the picture as being "made when our country was fighting for its existence, with Russia as one of our allies . . . The picture was made only to help a desperate war effort and not for posterity."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Aside from the issue of the fairness of the Moscow purge trials, or the truthfulness of the alleged confessions of the accused, the people shown standing trial together in the film in fact did not all stand trial at the same time. There were two such major show trials, one in 1937, the second in 1938, and the real life characters depicted in the film as being tried simultaneously were actually tried in separate groups at one of the two trials.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Radek:[to the prosecutor] Aside from sleeping I never in my life committed an undeliberate action.See more »
Soundtrack:
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
FDR's Man In The Kremlin, 8 February 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the most controversial films ever made, Mission To Moscow was not good for anyone's career who got involved with the making. Like Song Of Russia made over at MGM, Mission To Moscow was a film made specifically to improve Soviet-American relations in facing the common enemy they had.

The Soviet Union no matter how much the American Communist Party trumpeted their virtues, still had a real image problem in a lot of quarters due to the purges that Joseph Stalin conducted, due to the tremendous dislocation his five year plans created, due to the misery caused by the collectivization of agriculture and the systematic slaughter of Kulaks. Kulaks roughly translated could be anyone who owned a large estate to someone who might own a slightly bigger piece of land and maybe some farm animals. Stalin slaughtered thousands of them to force collectivization.

Our first ambassador to the Soviet Union was William C. Bullitt who was sent there in 1933. The Republican post World War I presidents did not diplomatically recognize the Soviet Union, Franklin Roosevelt's first foreign policy initiative was to extend recognition. Bullitt was a guy at first enthused, but then got very disillusioned by what he saw. He and FDR had a falling out and he left Moscow in 1936.

Joseph E. Davies was an industrialist and large Democratic contributor who did go back with FDR to the Wilson administration. He was appointed US Ambassador and after that became a cheerleader for the Soviets. As is shown in the film, Davies just blindly accepted every piece of propaganda handed to him. Films made in 1943 were not going to cast a critical light on the dark underside of Communist Russia.

Walter Huston dusts off his Sam Dodsworth persona to play Ambassador Davies. Ann Harding plays his dutiful wife and Eleanor Parker their daughter. Vladimir Sokoloff is President Kalinin, Gene Lockhart plays Prime Minister Molotov and Oscar Homolka plays Foreign Minister Litvinov all well known personalities of the day. In the Soviet Union like other countries Davies would have been required to present his credentials to the president and Russia did have a figurehead president who was a great deal less than Mission To Moscow makes him out.

At that time Joseph Stalin was only the Secretary of the Presidium of the Communist Party, but as such wielded the real power. The People's Republic of China adopted a similar set up that never changed with Mao Tse-tung as Party head and holding the real power while Mao lived.

Stalin is played by actor Manart Kippen and is only seen once as Davies is prepared to leave the Russian embassy. He's so shy and retiring the portrayal is so absolutely ludicrous that it leaves me laughing. But Davies sitting through the purge trials and accepting without question all the testimonies and forced confessions is also ludicrous.

After his time was up as Ambassador, Davies wrote the book on which this film was based and did go on a speaking tour promoting Russo-American cooperation. He was doing this on behalf of his friend and president FDR, but Davies had also become a real true believer in the 'miracle' that was Soviet Russia.

When the Cold War started three films became the targets of the House Un American Activities Committee, they were ripe targets that the conservative members were grateful for. The three films were The North Star from 20th Century Fox, Song Of Russia from MGM, and Mission To Moscow. None got more criticism than this one. Screenwriter Howard Koch who had won an Oscar this same year for Casablanca, earned a place on the blacklist because of Mission To Moscow. Whatever Koch's personal political convictions were, in this case all he did was translate to the screen what was in Davies's book.

Davies was held up to ridicule and in some measure deserved a bit of it because of Mission To Moscow. Time and the end of the Cold War have given us a proper perspective of the Russian contribution towards defeating the Nazis. In fact it was the lion's share in Europe. Policy decisions were made on the basis of keeping the Russians in the war before the Americans and British and respective allies got on the European continent with forces to make it a two front war, first in Italy and then in France. There was a justifiable fear that Stalin would make a separate peace with Hitler just as he signed the non-aggression pact with him before World War II started in 1939.

Of course the reports that Davies wrote off about the brutality of the Soviet Union were also true. The reactionaries had a field day with him, he was never taken seriously again. For that reason Mission To Moscow has not worn well either as history or entertainment.

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