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Diplomatic Courier (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1952 (USA)
Cold War yarn about a US State Department courier who tangles with Soviet agents and seductive women in post WW2 Europe.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), Liam O'Brien (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Tyrone Power ... Mike Kells
Patricia Neal ... Joan Ross
Stephen McNally ... Col. Mark Cagle
Hildegard Knef ... Janine Betki (as Hildegarde Neff)
Karl Malden ... Sgt. Ernie Guelvada
James Millican ... Sam F. Carew
Stefan Schnabel ... Rasumny Platov
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Arnov
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake ... Max Ralli
Helene Stanley ... Airline Stewardess
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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NO. 1 TARGET FOR 1000 ENEMY AGENTS FROM PARIS TO SALZBURG TO TRIESTE! See more »


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In 1952, when this movie was made, Trieste was an independent city state, under the protection of the United Nations as the Free Territory of Trieste. The territory of Trieste was divided into two zones of occupation. Zone A was administered by the Allied Military Government (American and British Armed Forces) while zone B remained under the military administration of the Yugoslav People's Army. This state of affairs ended in 1954. See more »

Goofs

The action takes place in April 1950. In a scene in a nightclub, a female impersonator uses the "Fasten Your Seatbelts..." line spoken by Bette Davis in All About Eve, which was not released until October 1950. See more »

Quotes

[after escaping from a train and tumbling down a steep hillside, Mike and Janine come to rest next to each other]
Mike Kells: You know something? This is the first time I really looked at you. Really looked at you, just as a girl.
[last lines]
Janine Betki: And so it is.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Played during the Bette Davis impersonation
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brisk Cold War drama
21 November 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Tyrone Power stars as a courier put in an awkward situation by the U.S. government in "Diplomatic Courier," which also stars Patricia Neal and Hildegarde Knef. Neal has a small but showy role as a society widow who chases Power around Europe. The film was shot on location in Europe, possibly using post-war blocked funds that caused so many films to be made there in the '50s and beyond.

I first saw this film on TV as a kid, and like one of the other posters, it stuck in my mind, possibly because even back then, I was a Tyrone Power fan. The early '50s were a transition time for him. Unlike some actors - Bogart, Mitchum, Gable, to name a few - Power changed dramatically over the years. By the time this film was made, he had lost the last vestige of his boyishness and was thoroughly disillusioned with movies and undoubtedly the master he had served since 1936, 20th Century Fox. In the few years he had left, he would turn more and more to theater and form his own movie production company. Some of his best work lay ahead of him.

Power is supported in the film with a vigorous performance by Karl Malden and from newcomer Hildegarde Knef. Talented and beautiful, Knef, like many other European actresses who came to Hollywood after the war, never found a niche in Hollywood. She went on to great success on Broadway, however, with "Silk Stockings," the musical version of "Ninotchka," costarring Don Ameche, and remained friends with Power. Patricia Neal plays a widow that Power meets on an airplane. He keeps standing her up when they're supposed to get together but the story takes it a little further. Neal was an ardent fan of Power's and when they met, she asked him why it was that he hadn't answered her fan letter.

Diplomatic Courier is a fast-moving, atmospheric film where you can't tell the good guys from the bad, and it holds interest. Watch for a Lee Marvin in a small role and an uncredited moment by Charles Bronson.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurier nach Triest See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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