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The Assassin (1952)
"Venetian Bird" (original title)

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Private detective Edward Mercer goes to Venice at the request of a French insurance company to locate a brave Italian whom they wish to reward for his part in the rescue of an Allied airman... See full summary »

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Edward Mercer
Eva Bartok ...
Adriana Medova
John Gregson ...
Renzo Uccello
George Coulouris ...
Chief of Police Spadoni
Margot Grahame ...
Rosa Melitus
Walter Rilla ...
Count Boria
John Bailey ...
Lt. Longo
Sidney James ...
Bernardo
Martin Boddey ...
Gufo
Michael Balfour ...
Moretto
Sydney Tafler ...
Boldesca
Miles Malleson ...
Grespi
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Gostini
David Hurst ...
Minelli
Raymond Young ...
Luigi
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Private detective Edward Mercer goes to Venice at the request of a French insurance company to locate a brave Italian whom they wish to reward for his part in the rescue of an Allied airman shot down during the war. At least, that is what Mercer thinks as he steps off the steamer at the Piazza San Marco and is greeted by a smiling street photographer, Cassana. Mercer makes his way to a shop and finds his first contact dead from a knife stab, and the trail leads him to Adrianna. He faces danger from police chief Spaloni and also from a group of foreign patriots, led by Count Borian and Lieutenant Longo, who want to use him as a stool-pigeon for a planned Coup d'Etat. A hectic race across the roof tops, high above the great square, brings Mercer to grips against his unknown enemy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Filmed in Venice - city of intrigue and danger!

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22 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Time Was Standing Still
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Music by Nino Rota
Lyrics by Ferrante Alvaro De Torres
English Lyrics by Harold Purcell
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27 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is obviously a competent adaptation of a book. It is pretty good, if you like grade B noir, and we do, but the most fun is seeing familiar faces playing against type and/or putting on Italian accents.The villain in particular was a shocker, as I'd only seen him in light comedies.

The most fun was looking up the bios of the actors on IMDb. It is one of those ones where a lot of the actors played roles in WWII themselves, some of them more dramatic than the parts they play here.

IMDb requires 10 (!) lines of text, so I will say the pigeons of Venice are amazing, some of the best lines are idiotic in context, and why have a chase scene in a glass factory if you aren't going to break any glass? I guess they didn't have the budget as they filmed in a real glass factory. And, IMDb, "bios" is not a misspelling of BIOS, it is a common term for biography.


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