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Assignment: Paris (1952)

Cold war intrigue in France and Hungary.

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Jimmy Race
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Jeanne Moray
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Nicholas Strang
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Sandy Tate
Sandro Giglio ...
Gabor Czeki, alias Grisha
Donald Randolph ...
Anton Borvitch
Herbert Berghof ...
Prime Minister Andreas Ordy
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Minister of Justice Vajos
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Biddle, an Editor
Earl Lee ...
Dad Pelham
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Wanda Marlowe (scenes deleted)
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During the 1950s, the Cold War is pitting the USA and its allies against the USSR and its satellites. One such Soviet satellite nation, Hungary, arrests an American named Anderson, and charges him with spying. Communist Hungary is putting on a show trial which is broadcast internationally, to prove the hostile aims of aggressive American Imperialists. The heavily censored news from the trial in Budapest come down the wire to the Paris office of the New York Herald-Tribune where editor-in-chief Nick Strang anxiously awaits more details from his Budapest correspondent, Barker. Nick also assigns journalist Jeanne Moray, a Frenchwoman, and the paper's top reporter, American Jimmy Race, to interview the Hungarian ambassador in Paris. Unbeknown to them, Hungarian agents clandestinely follow Jeanne and Jimmy Race to the embassy. These agents have a good reason to follow Jeanne. While she was in Budapest, she was investigating a lead that could prove the Hungarian leadership is attempting a ... Written by nufs68

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Paris ... a city made for excitement ... excitement on a night made for murder !


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4 September 1952 (USA)  »

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Actor Dana Andrews stated that location filming in Paris was interrupted by Communist agitators who were intent on preventing filming. See more »

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Gabor Czeki, alias Grisha: There is no sanctuary on earth for a man like me. Stalin reached all the way from Moscow to Mexico City for Leon Trotsky.
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Middling Spy Drama With Some Location Shooting
4 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cocky young reporter DANA ANDREWS gets at the truth of some political funny business in Cold War Hungary. Will this help him in his budding romance with the pretty young émigré he took from improbable good guy GEORGE SANDERS during his ASSIGNMENT Paris?

This is a rather typical Columbia production -- decent actors thrown into a fairly silly plot where the implausibilities keep piling up. The good to this movie is the location shooting (they really are in Paris in the exteriors -- love the scene where it's spitting snowflakes) and George Sanders, gamely taking on the sort of role given to Ralph Bellamy. The bad is a somewhat dumb cold war plot, that assumes that a reporter sent to a cold war country is likely going to be arrested, put on trial, and brainwashed (as opposed to merely deported after a careful search). Also, if a reporter really acted like Dana Andrews in his professional or romantic life, he would have his lights punched out by his victims, and be arrested for stalking.

In other words -- not bad, and if you like George Sanders, it might be interesting to see him tackle a non-sneering part. Be warned, though, that Dana Andrews is seriously annoying in this one.


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