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Joseph E. Davies (book)
Howard Koch (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 May 1943 (USA) See more »
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One American's Journey into the Truth
Plot:
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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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According to the book "The Films of World War II" by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, this film "was extremely controversial in the United States, where it was attacked on the one hand as a whitewash of the Soviet regime and defended on the other as a fitting tribute to a gallant ally", while "in Russia some of Hollywood's conceptions of Russian life presented in 'Mission to Moscow' evoked laughter."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:
L'amour, toujours, l'amourSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
awful yet fascinating, 1 May 2010
Author: suttonstreet-imbd from United States

An odd little movie. "Mission to Moscow" was brought to my attention by a BBC documentary on Stalin in the war years "WWI Behind Closed Doors". It describes the intense diplomatic efforts made by the allies during WWII to bring the Soviet Union into the war against Germany. Leaders in the West were willing to cast a blind eye to Soviet brutality and repression, including the massacre of Polish military officers at Katyn and the establishment of puppet governments in the territories they controlled, in order to keep them on the side of the West. This effort involved swaying public opinion in Western countries, and Joseph Davies' "Mission to Moscow" was cited as an example of this effort. There is an excellent article on Davies in Wikipedia, which describes how keen he was to see only the positive in the Soviet Union. Ironies abound in this film. Molotov appears as a kindly old professorial gent, Stalin is a hopeful visionary yearning for world peace. The glimpses of daily life in the Soviet Union include ice skating parties with piles of food, high fashion for the ladies, English-speaking railroad workers with nothing but love for their country, and American expatriates expressing admiration for the inventiveness of the Russian hosts they are there to help. In fact, while Davies was ambassador, a large number of American expats were being imprisoned by Stalin as counter-revolutionaries, despite having voluntarily emigrated to the Soviet Union to contribute to building a new society. Many petitioned the US Embassy to have their passports restored, and Davies refused to intervene. At one point, the US embassy staff in Moscow threatened to resign en masse. When Stalin consolidated power with the purges of his former associates in 1936 ~ 1938, Davies attended several of the show trials, and in "Mission to Moscow" he is shown nodding knowingly when Bukharin and the other defendants "confess" to their anti-Soviet activities and conspiratorial association with the now arch-enemy Trotsky. In the movie, Davies repeatedly insists that his mission is to see the **real** Soviet Union first-hand, yet in his visits were said to have been highly scripted and organized by the Soviet authorities. In retrospect, Davies comes off as a naïve fool, but seen in the larger context, perhaps someone a little more competent would not have been able to supplied the West with the kind of pro-Soviet view Davies could supply.

But let's put history aside for a moment. This is just a bad film. It is stilted, over-scripted, and whatever points it is trying to make are spoon-fed to the audience. Davies had control over the final script, and his scenes come off as highly self-serving: Davies warning of the dangers of war over the objections of more experienced statesmen, Davies being congratulated at every turn by one world leader after the next for his insight into the coming war in Europe. You know pretty much at the beginning of each scene what is going to unfold – a vacation with the family to get away from world affairs ends with a phone call from the White House, a meeting with senators expressing doubt about the strength of Germany will end with Davies convincing them with facts to the contrary. And Walter Huston is just overworked here – he has to carry virtually every scene, because really, Mission to Moscow is mostly about Davies himself.

A just plain awful movie and yet fascinating to watch, especially for a glimpse into this brief period of time when the US actually tried to like Stalin, and fascinating also for the fantasy views of Soviet life in the late 1930s. And particularly worthwhile if you also take the time to research the persons and events portrayed in the movie and juxtapose these against the events portrayed in Mission to Moscow. It is a very educational experience.

At the time I saw this movie, it was not available on DVD, but could be downloaded from the Warner Brothers movie archive.

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