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Assignment: Paris (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 4 September 1952 (USA)
Cold war intrigue in France and Hungary.

Directors:

Robert Parrish, Phil Karlson (uncredited)

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Walter Goetz (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Jimmy Race
Märta Torén ... Jeanne Moray
George Sanders ... Nicholas Strang
Audrey Totter ... Sandy Tate
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Gabor Czeki alias Grisha
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Anton Borvitch
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Prime Minister Andreas Ordy
Ben Astar ... Minister of Justice Vajos
Willis Bouchey ... Biddle - Editor
Earl Lee Earl Lee ... Dad Pelham
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mari Blanchard ... Wanda Marlowe (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

During the 1950s, the Cold War is pitting the USA and its allies against the USSR and its satellites. One such Soviet satellite nation, Hungary, arrests an American named Anderson, and charges him with spying. Communist Hungary is putting on a show trial which is broadcast internationally, to prove the hostile aims of aggressive American Imperialists. The heavily censored news from the trial in Budapest come down the wire to the Paris office of the New York Herald-Tribune where editor-in-chief Nick Strang anxiously awaits more details from his Budapest correspondent, Barker. Nick also assigns journalist Jeanne Moray, a Frenchwoman, and the paper's top reporter, American Jimmy Race, to interview the Hungarian ambassador in Paris. Unbeknown to them, Hungarian agents clandestinely follow Jeanne and Jimmy Race to the embassy. These agents have a good reason to follow Jeanne. While she was in Budapest, she was investigating a lead that could prove the Hungarian leadership is attempting a ... Written by nufs68

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Paris ... a city made for excitement ... excitement on a night made for murder !

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France | Italy

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

4 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Dana Andrews stated that location filming in Paris was interrupted by Communist agitators who were intent on preventing filming. See more »

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Sandy Tate: Please, Henry. A good bartender lets a customer cry in his own beer.
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post WW II cold war Thrilla
23 April 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Assignment Paris is directed by Oscar-awarded Robert Parrish, who had worked with Charlie Chaplin, Hal Roach, and John Ford in the 1920s and 1930s. Looking at his resume, he certainly worked his way up the ladder the old fashioned way. George Sanders plays Nicholas Strang, the wise editor of the paper, for which Jimmy Race (Dana Andrews) works as a digging, scheming reporter. Viewers will recognize Sanders from All About Eve, again playing the older, wiser, mentor. A lot of time is spent with the viewer (but not the characters in the film) watching and hearing what is going on inside the foreign embassies and administration offices, so it's very much a cold war us- against- them story, with Race trying to get to the truth. Caught up in all this is fellow reporter Marta Toren as Jeanne Moray, and no-one is really sure what her story is.... We are led to think she is more involved than we know, but that part of the story seems to have been dropped, or deleted. Also keep an eye out for Leon Askin, who would play General Bulkhalter in Hogan's Heroes ten years later. Quite entertaining, but it almost feels like an episode of Dragnet -- more documentary than story, which could have been the director's intent. Thrilling, if not surprising, conclusion to the movie.


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