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Foreign Intrigue (1956)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Romance  -  12 July 1956 (USA)
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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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Dave Bishop
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Dominique
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Brita (as Ingrid Tulean)
Frédéric O'Brady ...
Spring
Eugene Deckers ...
Sandoz
Inga Tidblad ...
Mrs. Lindquist
Lauritz Falk ...
Jones
Frederick Schreicker ...
Mannheim
Georges Hubert ...
Dr. Thibault
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Lily Kann ...
Blind Housekeeper
Ralph Brown ...
Smith
Milo Sperber ...
Baum
Jim Gérald ...
Bistro Owner
Jean Galland ...
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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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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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FOREIGN INTRIGUE CONCERTO
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A great tale of intrigue that belies its generic title
6 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This tale of intrigue concerns the American business manager (Robert Mitchum playing "David Bishop") of wealthy European Viktor Dannamore in post-WWII Europe. Without the barest introduction, the action draws the protagonist into a whirlpool of downward-spiraling intrigue surrounding the death of his boss. One learns first that there is something going on between Mitchum and the dead man's wife. The wife then turns out to be "in the game" as well, and from this point--with Mitchum fleeing the Austrian police only to fall into the arms of a beautiful girl (whose late father was an associate of Dannamore). A dizzying array of characters enters this swirling, yet understated drama, either singly or in pairs. And while seem drawn straight out of period spy and intrigue, not one is stereotypical or boring, but highly individualistic and perfect in his (or her) role. The spare, refined dialogue, set against the backdrop of great post-war capitals such as Vienna and Stockholm, is enticing and convincing. And despite the intrigue everywhere, the film's most striking undertone is romantic.

A real surprise was that the film moved quickly without the help of modern gaudy action sequences, riveting the viewer to the screen. Not one step or one turn is predictable, and the perfect casting lends an intense attractiveness to this period film. Although not nearly as well-known as other spy-films of the era, "Foreign Intrigue" should rank with great espionage thrillers such as "The 39 Steps" and the far bleaker and more realistic "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold".

I was not prepared at 2:30 in the afternoon for a film of this quality and have never seen a surprise ending of this caliber.


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