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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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Mike Kells
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Joan Ross
Stephen McNally ...
Col. Mark Cagle
Hildegard Knef ...
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 ...
Arnov
Arthur Blake ...
Max Ralli
Helene Stanley ...
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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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13 June 1952 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

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Near the opening, we see the switchboard in the state department, with labels over the various patch-cord inputs. One of them is labeled "MANILLA" rather than "Manila." 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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A fine post-war espionage picture
19 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power plays a diplomatic courier called out on a special assignment which seems fairly simple: pick up some documents from an agent and take them to Washington. But of course, in a film like this, things don't work out right the first time. The "drop" doesn't go according to plan, so Power has to improvise, surrounded by an increasing number of characters whose loyalties are questionable. A couple of femmes fatales, a cross-dressing night club entertainer, some MPs, and the obligatory little bald pawnshop owner all liven up the plot, with plenty of twists en route to the finale.

The influence of THE THIRD MAN is clear, with plenty of atmospheric European locations, and even a bit of zither music in a restaurant. Power is an engaging hero, and the two female leads (Neal and Neff) keep him guessing. Early appearances by Karl Malden, Charles Bronson, and Lee Marvin add interest for trivia buffs. Fans of Cold War espionage fiction will find DIPLOMATIC COURIER a great way to spend an evening.


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