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Diplomatic Courier (1952)

Tyrone Power , Patricia Neal , Henry Hathaway  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Stephen McNally
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Casey Robinson, Liam O'Brien, Peter Cheyney
  • Producers: Casey Robinson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081W1SZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This spy thriller finds a Department of State courier pulled into high stakes espionage after a U.S. agent's contact is killed by Soviets and he must help the agent finish the job. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Cold War thriller May 11, 2011
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A diplomatic courier (Tyrone Power) for the State Department is set to receive an important package from a colleague and old friend (James Millican) in Austria but the contact pretends to not recognize him and is later murdered and the package missing. Veteran director Henry Hathaway (TRUE GRIT)is behind the camera for this intriguing espionage cold war thriller. Shot in B&W by Lucien Ballard (THE WILD BUNCH), the film doesn't take full advantage of the colorful Austrian and Italian locations which would have benefited from a Technicolor perspective. It would have been different if the B&W photography contributed a noir-ish post WWII atmosphere like Reed's THE THIRD MAN but it's not that kind of picture. The film profits by having two femme fatales, a globe trotting widow (Patricia Neal) who Power meets on an airplane and a Czech spy (Hildegard Knef) who Power meets on a train. Hathaway keeps the movie whizzing along to its conclusion with very little lagging. The large cast includes Karl Malden, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Stephen McNally, Herbert Berghof, Helene Stanley and Michael Ansara. An enjoyable, if minor, entry into the cold war movie canon.

The Fox DVD via Spain is a nice B&W transfer in its appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio. Spanish subtitles are removable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good old cold war spy movie July 27, 2012
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worth seeing specially for the 50s look of the places (Paris, Salzburg, Triest) and the orient express scenes. Hidegarde is beautyful and strangely fragile
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diplomatic Courier March 14, 2014
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Good movie but what's not to like about Tyrone Power. He's a great actor and was excellent in everything he did. It's just a
shame that he died too young. I want to see all of his movies that are left and I have quite a few of his.
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This film held my interest from beinning to end. All of the actors were at the top of their game. It sparked my interest to the point that I am going to purchase the book, Sinister Errand, on which the movie is based.

The cold war was so simple as compared with today's international problems!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diplomatic Courier January 2, 2014
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This is a good, solid spy caper featuring a good, solid Tyrone Power in a more adult role than when he was being used by Daryl Zanuck as his answer to Errol Flynn. Power showed he could act in "The Razor's Edge" and "Nightmare Alley". This is a good vehicle to expand his dramatic chops in. Not a great film but a very enjoyable one with fast pacing and a good cast. If you like Power or even remember him this is a good example of what he could bring to the screen.
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