Tyrone Power ■ Patricia Neal ■ Stephen McNally
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.
A wonderful old black-and-white suspense film filled with spies, counter-spies, and more twists and turns than a railroad through the European mountains.
I've not seen very many Tyrone Powers movies, mostly swashbucklers, but I think this one is probably my favorite. I enjoyed the film noir feel and trying to figure out exactly who was really on which side.
Another great thing is this movie was actually partially filmed overseas and seeing the European landscape not long after WWII is amazing to a history buff like me.
This was one of my better recent finds and my family spent an enjoyable hour-and-a-half trying to unravel cross after double cross. Kinda of reminded me of Audrey Hepburn saying something about "a switch on a switch on a switch" (Paris When It Sizzles).
Anyway, good movie, especially if you like film noir or just classic black-and-whites from Hollywood's better years.
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 ... Arnov
Arthur Blake ... Max Ralli
Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
20th Century Fox Studios, Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA (writers' building)
Trocadero Club - 8610 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (night club interiors)
Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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.
Mike Kells: [to Janine] Well, he left in a hurry. It turned out he had an appointment to get killed. That's right, his timing was a little off. You'll be sorry to hear the car got him and not me.
Col. Mark Cagle: [about Janine] She's an appealing dish no doubt. Most bad women are. One way or another, that's why they can be so successfully bad.
Sgt. Ernie Guelvada: You're out of your mind going up there! You got a gun?
Mike Kells: Ya.
Sgt. Ernie Guelvada: A flashlight?
Mike Kells: No.
Joan Ross: No questions please. I'm standing on the 5th amendment.