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Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow (1952)

Top Secret (original title)
Potts (George Cole), a British Sanitary Engineer, leaves on holiday with a set of plans for a new secret weapon, which he has mistaken for his new plumbing invention. Everyone is hunting ... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Zampi

Writers:

Jack Davies (original story), Michael Pertwee (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Cole ... George
Oskar Homolka ... Zekov
Nadia Gray ... Tania
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Rakov
Geoffrey Sumner Geoffrey Sumner ... Pike
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Sir Hubert Wells
Ronald Adam ... Barworth Controller
Edwin Styles Edwin Styles ... Barworth Superintendent
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Barworth Director
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Professor Layton
Richard Wattis ... Barnes
Michael Medwin ... Smedley
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Prime Minister
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Minister of Health
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ... 1st Cabinet Minister
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Storyline

Potts (George Cole), a British Sanitary Engineer, leaves on holiday with a set of plans for a new secret weapon, which he has mistaken for his new plumbing invention. Everyone is hunting for him, including the Russians. The Russians find him and offer him a job in the Kremlin doing research (on plumbing he believes), he accepts, arrives in Russia and falls in love with Tania, a Secret Agent, and discovers the true nature of the plans he is carrying. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

The story of the Diplomat, The Plumber and the Beautiful Spy

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

George: Potsdammerplatz? They'll be calling it 'George Potts Dammerplatz' after this!
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Crazy Credits

"When permission was granted at the highest level, to bring this historic and international document the screen, the producers were confronted with a major problem: namely, that from time immemorial the British have believed English to be the only language worth speaking. Foreigners should either speak it or be silent. For example, how many here present understand French or Russian? How many even know the Russian word for 'yes'? Come to that, how many Russians know it? It was decided, therefore, that regardless of nationality, the characters in this film should, in the main, speak English. We draw attention to this in order to reassure anyone who might gain impression (false, alas!), that English has at last become the official language of France and Russia." See more »

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Spoofs The Third Man (1949) See more »

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7 October 2001 | by thebigbritisherSee all my reviews

A happy film of the "cold war" period which managed to defuse the tensions of the time and gave one some good belly laughs along the way. Stirling performance by George Cole, and able support from Oscar Homolka and the gorgeous Nadia Gray.


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