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Diplomatic Courier (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1952 (USA)
Cold War yarn about a US State Department courier who tangles with Soviet agents and seductive women in post WW2 Europe.

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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
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Sam F. Carew
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Rasumny Platov
Herbert Berghof ...
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Max Ralli
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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 1000 ENEMY AGENTS FROM PARIS TO SALZBURG TO TRIESTE! See more »


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Kurier nach Triest  »

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In 1952, when this film was released,Austria was under joint Allied occupation (American, British,French and Soviet areas).Vienna , much like Berlin , was also divided among four zones of occupation.In 1955,as a result of the newly signed Austrian State Treaty,most of the Allied occupation armies,including the Soviet Army withdrew from Austria. 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

Chica Chica Boom Chic
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by the cabaret performer
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Aged, But Still Good in 2004
31 January 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Cold War, Mike Kells (Tyrone Power) is a courier, who has the mission to meet his friend Sam Carew (James Millican) in a train in Europe and bring some documents back to Washington. However, Sam is killed in the train, and Mike finds a hint in his pocket, indicating he should go to Trieste to find Janine (Hildegard Knef), the last contact of Sam before he dies. Meanwhile, Joan Ross (Patricia Neal), an American widow that Mike met in the plane, shows a great interest in Mike. Mike does not know, but he is used by American government as a bait. This movie has aged a lot, by remains very attractive. The story, full of plot points, is still very good. In Brazil, it is only available on cable television. The DVD and the VHS have not been released. My vote is seven

Title (Brazil): `Missão Perigosa em Trieste' (`Dangerous Mission in Trieste')


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