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Mission to Moscow (1943)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 22 May 1943 (USA)
Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Joseph E. Davies (book), Howard Koch (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Huston ... Ambassador Joseph E. Davies
Ann Harding ... Mrs. Marjorie Davies
Oskar Homolka ... Maxim Litvinov, Foreign Minister
George Tobias ... Freddie
Gene Lockhart ... Premier Molotov
Eleanor Parker ... Emlen Davies
Richard Travis ... Paul
Helmut Dantine ... Maj. Kamenev
Victor Francen ... Vyshinsky, chief trial prosecutor
Henry Daniell ... Minister von Ribbentrop
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Litvinov
Dudley Field Malone Dudley Field Malone ... Winston Churchill
Roman Bohnen ... Mr. Krestinsky
Maria Palmer ... Tanya Litvinov
Moroni Olsen ... Col. Faymonville
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Storyline

"Mission to Moscow" was made at the behest of F.D.R. in order to garner more support for the Soviet Union during WWII. It was from the book by Joseph E. Davies, former U.S. Ambassador To Russia. The movie covers the political machinations in Moscow just before the start of the war and presents Stalin's Russia in a very favorable light. So much so, that the movie was cited years later by the House Un-American Activities Commission and was largely responsible for the screenwriter, Howard Koch being Blacklisted. Written by E. Barry Bruyea <siber@bigfoot.com>

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Taglines:

One American's Journey into the Truth

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | German | Mandarin | French

Release Date:

22 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misión en Moscú See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,516,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "The Films of World War II" by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, this film "was extremely controversial in the United States, where it was attacked on the one hand as a whitewash of the Soviet regime and defended on the other as a fitting tribute to a gallant ally", while "in Russia some of Hollywood's conceptions of Russian life presented in 'Mission to Moscow' evoked laughter." See more »

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Davies is shown returning to America on board ship when he receives word of the signing of the German-Soviet non-aggression pact, and upon his return home eventually meets with several congressmen and tells them that war can be expected sometime within the "next two months", either in late August or early September. However, the German-Soviet pact was signed on August 22-23, 1939, and war began just nine days later, on September 1. Davies could not possibly have talked to the congressmen about a "two-month" timetable for war to come in late August or early September if he had reached the United States after the signing of the pact. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Marjorie Davies: How did you rest?
Freddie: With one eye open.
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Crazy Credits

Opens with a card reading: We have the honor to present the former Ambassador from the United States to the Soviet Union, the Honorable Joseph E. Davies, who will address you prior to the showing of the film made from his important book, "Mission to Moscow". In the picture itself, Mr. Walter Huston portrays Mr. Davies during those vital years encompassed in his now significant report to this nation. And now, Mr. Davies: [Mr. Davies gives a presentation on the actual events leading up to these events, and to this film.] See more »

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Soundtracks

L'amour, toujours, l'amour
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
[Played as dance music at the ball given for Davies]
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So, was Ambassador Davies duped by the Russians?
21 April 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

Is that why he put forward this saccharine view of the Soviet Union? It was done sincerely and naively, was it?

I remember this -- the 1943 film version of Ambassador Davies' book -- as quite dull, in spite of its obvious historical and political interest, from when I last saw it a number of years ago. In the notes I took down at the time, I have the film labelled as "disturbing propaganda" and cite two choice quotations:

"At least, one European nation with no aggressive intentions is ready for whatever comes", exclaims Ambassador Davies (as portrayed by Walter Huston).

According to a Soviet minister, "The army is strengthened by the purge of its traitors."

(Stalin almost succeeded in strengthening his army right out of existence.)

Amazon lists a couple of scholarly titles specific to the Ambassador Davies controversy. Perhaps this film will whet your appetite for a little more background.


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