Cold war intrigue in France and Hungary.


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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Race
Jeanne Moray
Nicholas Strang
Sandy Tate
Sandro Giglio ...
Gabor Czeki, alias Grisha
Donald Randolph ...
Anton Borvitch
Herbert Berghof ...
Prime Minister Andreas Ordy
Ben Astar ...
Minister of Justice Vajos
Biddle, an Editor
Earl Lee ...
Dad Pelham
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Wanda Marlowe (scenes deleted)


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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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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7 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Half of the movie takes place in Paris ,like the title reads;the other half ,which was obviously NOT filmed on location takes place in Hungaria Based on a true story ,we are told ,but the script is really one-sided .A cold war thriller,it's one of the most anti-commies movie I know,this side of "the red Danube" (1949)Americans are loyal,nice,chivalrous ,full of abnegation whereas -with the exception of Gabor- the commies are sinister-looking,cruel ;to think that they would not think twice before killing an innocent child!and they ill-treat a patient in a hospital!and what they do with the tape is not fair play!and they torture you,physically or mentally!And their long fingers are everywhere ,even in our sweet Paris.However,in 1952,if my memory serves me well,some Americans were having a bad time in their own country too.

Dana Andrews does not find here one of his best parts but his talent partly saves the movie and the supporting cast follows suit.I particularly like the coded messages in the conversations or in the phone calls."The little match girl" is a good idea.

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