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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 »
You started by arousing the mother instinct in me, and now you got the whole works worked up. And you got something stirred up.
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Solid little movie of Cold War espionage. It was filmed on location by the great cinematographer Lucien Ballard, and the crisp black-and-white photography is one of the best things about the picture. There are lots of night exteriors which look gorgeous.
The story is reasonably appealing and is well-told, capturing the paranoia of the Cold War -- or at least of classic Cold War fiction -- in its prime. It's suspenseful even though it's predictable, and it contains some nice comic moments, especially from Karl Malden. Tyrone Power is a little past his prime here but does an OK job.
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