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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
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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 »
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 »
For his one and only film in the espionage genre 20th Century Fox cast Tyrone Power as a Diplomatic Courier working for the State Department during the early Cold War years. In his position for the Department, Power gets a real hot assignment.
The thing here is that Power is not an espionage agent, but he's to make contact with one in the person of James Millican who is bringing out of the Soviet Union nothing less than the plans to invade Yugoslavia which had declared its independence of the Warsaw Pact that involved the Soviets and their Eastern European satellites. Something that the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department would like to know.
Millican gets killed by the Soviets, but they don't get the document and it becomes up to Power to find it, backed at a distance by the CIA in the form of Stephen McNally. There are two women in the picture, native Hildegarde Knef and American widow Patricia Neal and one of them is an enemy agent.
Unfortunately Diplomatic Courier spills the beans a little too early for my taste and tells the audience just who is who among the women. Spoiled the film for me.
A whole lot of soon to be prominent players had small bit roles in Diplomatic Courier, folks like E.G. Marshall, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin. Karl Malden has a much bigger role as a kind of sidekick assigned to Power by McNally.
Diplomatic Courier is a dated, but still good espionage thriller from the Cold War giving Tyrone Power and the two female co-stars some very good roles.
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