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

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  22 April 1953 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Martin Boddey ...
Michael Balfour ...
Sydney Tafler ...
Miles Malleson ...
David Hurst ...
Raymond Young ...


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 <>

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Filmed in Venice - city of intrigue and danger!


Mystery | Thriller


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Assassin of Venice
11 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just 7 years following WWII, Italy was just regaining it's favored nation status with Europe. And to reward a countryman for Anti-Nazi actions, a detective is sent to track one man down for proved to be a hero assisting the Allies against the Nazis only to discover he is recorded in public records as dying as a hero. As the story plays out, political intrigue enters the picture as attempts are to be put into place that will ruin the up-coming elections. The police are suspicious to a degree of the detective and keep him under watch. The plot to 'assassinate' the political front runner is directed toward the detective by the true perpetrators for cover. There is much of a Hitchcock-type landscape throughout the movie with twists and turns and intrigue that ends with moment to moment wonder... Will the truth unfold? Will the true assassin be exposed? Will the police get the right person?

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