Foreign Intrigue (1956)

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When a reclusive, enigmatic millionaire dies suddenly on the Riviera, his press agent begins to investigate his employer's shady past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Bishop
Brita (as Ingrid Tulean)
Frédéric O'Brady ...
Eugene Deckers ...
Inga Tidblad ...
Mrs. Lindquist
Lauritz Falk ...
Frederick Schreicker ...
Georges Hubert ...
Dr. Thibault
Lily Kann ...
Blind Housekeeper
Ralph Brown ...
Milo Sperber ...
Jim Gérald ...
Bistro Owner
Jean Galland ...


Millionaire Victor Danemore, living on the French Riviera, dies suddenly of a heart attack. His secretary, Dave Bishop, wants to know more about his employer's life. Surprisingly, not even his young wife knows anything about her husband's background or how he earned his fortune. Clues lead Bishop to Vienna and Stockholm, where he learns that Danemore was black-mailing people who cooperated with the Nazis during WW2. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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12 July 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die fünfte Kolonne  »

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Dominique: [about the sudden death of her husband] What's going to happen now?
Dave Bishop: The usual things: death certificates, funerals, statements to the press... wear something black.
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Music by Charlie Norman
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Noirish, and not just because of Mitchum, but an early international intrigue film, too
30 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Foreign Intrigue (1956)

An underrated transition film, a low budget affair that is pure European color and style. Visually, it almost presages the Euro-American "Charade" which was decidedly more up budget. Here, the director, an unknown Sheldon Reynolds, takes advantage of all the empty spaces and long pauses the pace required. The lighting is flat, almost anti-noir, with widescreen grandness and yet an oddly impersonal intimacy. Not to be contradictory--the scenes are generally quiet, with close conversations, but everything is filmed from a certain, and constant, distance.

It is this steady, quiet pace that makes the film work. And Robert Mitchum. He needs no explanation. The first of the two or three main women he connects with is a bit false, but the main one is a caricature of the Nordic beauty, and with sincere energy and charm. At times it really does look like she is smiling at Mitchum, not his character, as if she can't believe she's touring Stockholm, etc., with this famous man, and the movie gets away with it. Mitchum for his part keeps his cool, except for the necessary fist fight once or twice.

It's 1956, and international intrigues like this are slowly rising into a genre of their own. People come and go, scenes are not what they seem at first, people have false identities and foreign accents. The big theme (too big to believe, but that's okay, it's supposed to be) is that realignment of global power after WWII. The real thing, made up of shadowy individuals who seem to be above nationality, and only know about intrigue, money, and winning at any cost.

I don't want to pump this up too much. It's slow at times, and the acting not always right on. The effects (the atmosphere, the fights, etc) are sometimes so archly false you can't quite accept it even as theatrical, but just a cheap. But that's the exception. Fall into the pace of it and it's not bad at all.

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