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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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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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Trivia

Lee Marvin has small role in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Near the opening, we see the switchboard in the state department, with labels over the various patch-cord inputs. One of them is labeled "MANILLA" rather than "Manila." See more »

Quotes

Janine Betki: [to Mike] He loved you as only some brothers love.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Chica Chica Boom Chic
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by the cabaret performer
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The Power of Postman Power.
5 June 2012 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Diplomatic Courier is directed by Henry Hathaway and adapted by Casey Robinson and Liam O'Brien from the novel Sinister Errand written by Peter Cheyney. It stars Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Hildegard Knef, Stephen McNally and Karl Malden. Music is by Sol Kaplan and cinematography by Lucien Ballard.

Power plays Mike Kelly, a Department of State courier who ends up in a nest of intrigue and murder in Trieste when he fails to collect a package from a colleague.

A well constructed espionage yarn. Pace moves at a clip, the black and white photography giving it a semi-documentary feel, which in turn is at one with the Cold War cloud looming over plotting. There's the inevitable requests to suspend disbelief, but that's fine for the sub-genre spy seeking fan. Cast are good, with Power full of determination, Neal deliciously nutty, Malden energetic and the beautiful Knef hinting at the ability that was never realised. There's twists and turns and rocks to look under, while the good and bad guys are never easily identified. All good, really, a safe and sound recommendation. 7/10


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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

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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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