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Joseph E. Davies (book)
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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)
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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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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Trivia:
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: Davies is shown returning to America on board ship when he receives word of the signing of the German-Soviet non-aggression pact, and upon his return home eventually meets with several congressmen and tells them that war can be expected sometime within the "next two months", either in late August or early September. However, the German-Soviet pact was signed on August 22-23, 1939, and war began just nine days later, on September 1. Davies could not possibly have talked to the congressmen about a "two-month" timetable for war to come in late August or early September if he had reached the United States after the signing of the pact.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Radek:[to the prosecutor] Aside from sleeping I never in my life committed an undeliberate action.See more »
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59 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Grand Propaganda Film, Hollywood Style, 6 April 2004
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

Among the comments here I don't see much recognition of the fact that this propaganda film was released at the height of World War II, when the battle against Nazis was focused on Stalingrad, which arguably was the crucial battle of the war in Europe.

The context of this film cannot be ignored or minimized. Propaganda films are morale films, and the omissions and distortions which have been cited in Mission to Moscow are beside the point. Of course Stalin was a monster before, during and after World War II. Of course Joseph E. Davies was a naif, and a pompous one at that. Perhaps that's why he only lasted a year as ambassador.

On one hand, there is an absolutely ludicrous review here, praising Mission to Moscow as dispelling the terrible calumnies against the great Soviet achievements. On the other hand, there are those on the opposite side who, though far more accurate about Stalin and about how this film whitewashes his atrocities, seem so rabid in their responses, they fail to understand, or conveniently ignore, that propaganda films as documentaries are more or less bull, and that it's stupid to criticize a propaganda film because it's a propaganda film.

What is interesting about Mission to Moscow is not what it is trying to say or do, which requires little insight to divine, but how well it does it. This is a Hollywood "A" film enlisted in the service of propaganda. Top cast, direction and production values should have made for a very strong message to 1943 American audiences, whom the government wanted to think of the war against Germany as "We're all in this together."

As to the outrage of Stalin's show trials, I think that the sinister, menacing demeanor of one of the great Hollywood heavies Victor Francen as prosecutor Vyshinsky, versus the rather meek, contemplative demeanor of the defendants, suggests that the film knows what's going on, even if Davies doesn't.

Yes, the relentless pro-Soviet propaganda is a bit hard to take for those who sit smugly in the light of hindsight. But if you look at Mission to Moscow as document rather than documentary, you will gain an insight into the kind of public mindset called for by our government at a crucial moment in our history.

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