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Diplomatic Courier (1952)

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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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Cast overview:
Mike Kells
Joan Ross
Stephen McNally ...
Col. Mark Cagle
Janine Betki (as Hildegarde Neff)
Sgt. Ernie Guelvada
James Millican ...
Sam F. Carew
Rasumny Platov
Herbert Berghof ...
Arthur Blake ...
Max Ralli
Helene Stanley ...
Airline Stewardess


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

13 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kurier nach Triest  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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Not bad
14 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Calif.) – See all my reviews

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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