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Diplomatic Courier (1952)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  13 June 1952 (USA)
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Department of State courier Mike Kells ends up in postwar hotbed Trieste after failing to collect a package from a colleague. The Military Police are happy for him to get more involved, but... See full summary »

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Mike Kells
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Joan Ross
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Col. Mark Cagle
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Janine Betki (as Hildegarde Neff)
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Sgt. Ernie Guelvada
James Millican ...
Sam F. Carew
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Rasumny Platov
Herbert Berghof ...
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Department of State courier Mike Kells ends up in postwar hotbed Trieste after failing to collect a package from a colleague. The Military Police are happy for him to get more involved, but things get a bit tough. After all, he is just a postman. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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No. 1 target for 1,000 enemy agents... from Paris - to Salzburg - to Trieste!


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Kurier nach Triest  »

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Trivia

In 1952, when this movie was made, Trieste was an independent city state, under the protection of the United Nations as the Free Territory of Trieste. The territory of Trieste was divided into two zones of occupation. Zone A was administered by the Allied Military Government (American and British Armed Forces)while zone B remained under the military administration of the Yugoslav People's Army.This state of affairs ended in 1954. See more »

Goofs

The action takes place in April 1950. In a scene in a nightclub, a female impersonator uses the "Fasten Your Seatbelts..." line spoken by Bette Davis in All About Eve, which was not released until October 1950. See more »

Quotes

Joan Ross: I'm with those people over there. They're much duller than you are. But they got far better manners so I have to lie like the dickens. Especially that one guy! He's the captain. He thinks he is a mate of mine. You know the kind. So I have to be nice to him. Darling, can you wait two minutes?
Mike Kells: Yup.
Joan Ross: Well... I hardly can. I'm going to, darling.
[Joan leans in and passionately kisses Mike. Her cleavage shows]
Joan Ross: [...]
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by the cabaret performer
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Terrific example of the post-war suspense flick
28 July 2006 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best of the post-war intrigue/suspense flicks. What all of these have in common is the gritty black-and-white look of cities that haven't recovered from the war, usually in ruins, to varying degrees. (Think The Third Man, The Search, Berlin Express) There are no ruins in Diplomatic Courier, but you still get that shadowy, melancholy, sinister, exotic atmosphere that marks the genre.

Others, who pick apart the "accuracy" or logic of certain parts of Diplomatic Courier are pedantic prigs who don't know how to watch a movie. Sure, there are a few lapses, but in such a fast-paced movie, with so many plot points, it's amazing that the story holds together so well. This is due, I think, to Henry Hathoway, one of the great line directors of the studio system. Add the cinematography of the great Lucien Ballard, and you have a handsome production.

As for the cast, who cares if Bogart would have been better? Tyrone Power is, well, Tyrone Power. No, he's no Bogart, but who doesn't enjoy just watching him? And he is one of the great action film stars. And we have Patricia Neal, at her most beautiful and vampish, in that mink coat for Ty Power to nestle his face in. I think the Power-Neal thing is essential because it serves as a light-hearted counterpoint to the severe, portentous relationship of Power-Neff.

And speaking of Hildegard Neff, I agree with a previous reviewer, that this film showcases the talent and beauty of one of the finest actresses that Hollywood ever trashed.


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