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The Assassin (1952)

Venetian Bird (original title)
Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 22 April 1953 (USA)
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
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Adriana Medova
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Renzo Uccello
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Chief of Police Spadoni
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Rosa Melitus
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Count Boria
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Lt. Longo
Sidney James ...
Bernardo
Martin Boddey ...
Gufo
Michael Balfour ...
Moretto
Sydney Tafler ...
Boldesca
Miles Malleson ...
Grespi
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Gostini
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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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Mystery | Thriller

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Quotes

Rosa Melitus: Survival is often a simple matter of being able to change your habits at the right moment.
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Soundtracks

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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Excellent thriller for its period - early fifties
11 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As another reviewer says this is something of an underrated film. More so since it was made in 1952. At that time exchange controls would have limited the amount of filming that could be done overseas and so much of it was studio filmed in England.

The story is intricate and the full meaning is not revealed until the final 20 minutes. If Venice seems harsh and cold its very much in the recovery from war mode yet the back drop is excellently atmospheric. The absence of tourists is refreshing. The films high contrast back and white rendition is also noteworthy.

Good cast....

Not hard to see why some say Bond meets 3rd man! Even some classy looking femmes fa tales!


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