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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

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 1,000 enemy agents... from Paris - to Salzburg - to Trieste! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurier nach Triest See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

A map of Germany with its borders by mid 1939 (including Austria and the Protectorate of Bohemia-Moravia but Eastern Prussia and Danzig still separated) is on the wall of the American military police headquarters. Hardly a map displaying the Anschluss would be on the wall of an Austrian official building of any type on 1950 after the war. See more »

Quotes

Joan Ross: You started by arousing the mother instinct in me, and now you got the whole works worked up. And you got something stirred up.
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by the cabaret performer
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Aged, But Still Good in 2004
31 January 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Cold War, Mike Kells (Tyrone Power) is a courier, who has the mission to meet his friend Sam Carew (James Millican) in a train in Europe and bring some documents back to Washington. However, Sam is killed in the train, and Mike finds a hint in his pocket, indicating he should go to Trieste to find Janine (Hildegard Knef), the last contact of Sam before he dies. Meanwhile, Joan Ross (Patricia Neal), an American widow that Mike met in the plane, shows a great interest in Mike. Mike does not know, but he is used by American government as a bait. This movie has aged a lot, by remains very attractive. The story, full of plot points, is still very good. In Brazil, it is only available on cable television. The DVD and the VHS have not been released. My vote is seven

Title (Brazil): `Missão Perigosa em Trieste' (`Dangerous Mission in Trieste')


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