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One American's Journey into the Truth
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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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)
Jack Kenney ... Heckler (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Parade Soldier Spectator (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)

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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123 min (Turner library print) | 124 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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According to the article "Hollywood's Friends and Foes" by Colin Shindler in the film history tome "The Movie", this film was "According to Jack Warner [Warner Bros. chief Jack L. Warner] . . . made by Warner Brothers on the direct order of President [Franklin D. Roosevelt], an allegation which proved useless when Warner was under attack by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947." Moreover, "On its release, in 1943, 'Mission to Moscow' aroused instant controversy, attracting violent criticism from the [political] Right (particularly from the Hearst press) and [political] Left (especially those who took exception to the film's pro-Stalinist attitudes)."See more »
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 »
Maxim Litvinov, Foreign Minister:[to Davies] There is no security for any of us unless there's security for all.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
WWII propaganda Hollywood style, 22 August 2011
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

Extremely pro-Stalin & Soviet Union movie made in Hollywood at the very hight of WWII when Germany was on the verge, during the battle of Stalingrad, of knocking the USSR out of the war. Based on the book "Mission to Moscow" by the former US Soviet Ambassador Joseph E.Davies, who in fact introduces the film, were shown how the Soviet Union under the leadership of Premier Joseph Stalin was the envy of the free world in it's heroic struggle against Nazi Germany. It was the Soviet Red Army who that during the course of the war lost an estimated 9 million of its fighting man and women battling Nazi Germany.

Given the job as Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1937 by Pres. Roosevelt, Jack Young, Davies, Walter Huston, is given the assignment to check out what's going on in that country and report back to the president if it will be a reliable ally if a future conflict between Britian & France that breaks out with Nazi Germany. In what seems like no time at all Davies develops a love affair with the USSR and it's ruthless dictator Joseph or "Uncle Joe" as President Roosevelt calls him the Man of Steel himself Joseph V. Stalin played by the kind sweet and fatherly looking Mamart Kipper. The what seems like very naive Davies,who should have known better,is completely blown away by Uncle Joe's "great" accomplishments. That's in him bringing the backward and 19th century Russia into the 20th century with his series of 5 year economic plans. Plans not originated by "Uncle Joe" but his late boss and first leader of the Soviet Union Nickolai 'Nicky" Lennin.

Even though very pro-Stalin the movie surprisingly doesn't skip over the notorious 1937/38 purge trials conducted by Stailn's henchmen in the Soviet Ministry of Justice and the dreaded NKVD. It was at those trials that the almost entire Soviet diplomatic and Red Army office corps were convicted and executed for treason. They were all accused in them planning with the exiled and deposed, by Stalin, Leon Trotsky, Sam Goldenberg, with the Hitler's Germany and Imperial Japan of trying to undermined and overthrow the Stalin regime. As It turned it wasn't treason that they were guilty of but Stalin's hysterical paranoia of feeling threatened by anyone close to him trying to throw him out of power!

The movie goes on making excuse after excuse for Stalin's crimes,like the invasions of Poland Finland and the Baltic States,in that they were needed to get his country ready for the coming invasion by Hitler's Germany which he was certain was soon to come. Yet when the Nazi invasion finally came in June 1941 Stalin's well prepared for it Red Army was caught flat-footed having the German Army reach the very gates of Moscow before the year was out. Davies now back in the US and a private citizen does his best to get the American people, who at the time was very isolationist, ready to both supply the Soviet Union with military hardware as well as join it in it's battle against Germany. But as fate would have it it was japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, six months after Hitler invaded the USSR, that did the trick for both him and President Roosevelt. It was Pres.Roosevelt who's behind the scenes actions was doing everything to incite a German U-Boat attack on US shipping in order to get the US into the war. What was so ironic about that is that it was Hitler's Germany who did everything possible to avoid a conflict with the USA, even having his U-boats not return fire after being fired upon by the US Navy, not the US that was the first to declare war!

Despite the Soviet Union being an ally of the US at the time of the films release it in fact bombed at the box office not even making back half of the 1.5 million dollars it took to produce it. when shown to Russian audiences in Moscow people watching it, in them knowing what a horror "Uncle Joe" Stalin really was, could't refrain from laughing out load when ever Davies showed his enthusiasm for the Stalin regime as well as "Uncle Joe" himself! Even if it meant a one way ticket to a Siberian gulag or Soviet firing squad if they were ever identified,with the lights in the theater turned on, of showing disrespect to "Uncle Joe" and his "great" accomplishments for the Russian people!

P.S No matter how ridicules and historically inaccurate,in covering up Stalin's crimes, the film "Mission to Moscow" is the one thing it got right is that without the help of the USSR the US and its western allies would have never won the war against Nazi Germany. According to official German casualty statistics the German military lost an astounding 2,400,000 killed and missing together with almost 3,500,000 wounded in the fighting on the Eastern or Russian front alone! And that's only up to November 30, 1944 when the German military stopped keeping casualties statistics! That's without even counting the enormous losses that the German army suffered fighting against the Red Army from December 1944 to the end of the war in May 1945! Those tremendous losses of manpower as well as military equipment against the Soviet Union would have fully equipped and manned as much as 400 Nazi infantry and armored divisions! A German army of almost 6 million strong which could have been thrown against the US Britain and their allies in not only North Africa and Italy but in the savage and bloody battles of Western Europe in 1944/5 which would have well turned the tied of battle in Hitler's favor! In fact there would have been no possibility of a Western Front without an Eastern Front tying down as much as 80% of the German Army needed to engage the advancing some 8 to 10 million strong Red Army!

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