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Spontane bekentenis (1952)

Assignment: Paris (original title)
Cold war intrigue in France and Hungary.

Directors:

Robert Parrish, Phil Karlson (uncredited)

Writers:

William Bowers (screenplay), Walter Goetz (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Jimmy Race
Märta Torén ... Jeanne Moray
George Sanders ... Nicholas Strang
Audrey Totter ... Sandy Tate
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Gabor Czeki alias Grisha
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Anton Borvitch
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Prime Minister Andreas Ordy
Ben Astar ... Minister of Justice Vajos
Willis Bouchey ... Biddle - Editor
Earl Lee Earl Lee ... Dad Pelham
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mari Blanchard ... Wanda Marlowe (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

During the 1950s, the Cold War is pitting the USA and its allies against the USSR and its satellites. One such Soviet satellite nation, Hungary, arrests an American named Anderson, and charges him with spying. Communist Hungary is putting on a show trial which is broadcast internationally, to prove the hostile aims of aggressive American Imperialists. The heavily censored news from the trial in Budapest come down the wire to the Paris office of the New York Herald-Tribune where editor-in-chief Nick Strang anxiously awaits more details from his Budapest correspondent, Barker. Nick also assigns journalist Jeanne Moray, a Frenchwoman, and the paper's top reporter, American Jimmy Race, to interview the Hungarian ambassador in Paris. Unbeknown to them, Hungarian agents clandestinely follow Jeanne and Jimmy Race to the embassy. These agents have a good reason to follow Jeanne. While she was in Budapest, she was investigating a lead that could prove the Hungarian leadership is attempting a ... Written by nufs68

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Paris ... a city made for excitement ... excitement on a night made for murder !

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Country:

USA | France | Italy

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

4 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spontane bekentenis See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Leon Askin's first film. See more »

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Anton Borvitch: Geography can be a state of mind.
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Middling Spy Drama With Some Location Shooting
4 September 2007 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Cocky young reporter DANA ANDREWS gets at the truth of some political funny business in Cold War Hungary. Will this help him in his budding romance with the pretty young émigré he took from improbable good guy GEORGE SANDERS during his ASSIGNMENT Paris?

This is a rather typical Columbia production -- decent actors thrown into a fairly silly plot where the implausibilities keep piling up. The good to this movie is the location shooting (they really are in Paris in the exteriors -- love the scene where it's spitting snowflakes) and George Sanders, gamely taking on the sort of role given to Ralph Bellamy. The bad is a somewhat dumb cold war plot, that assumes that a reporter sent to a cold war country is likely going to be arrested, put on trial, and brainwashed (as opposed to merely deported after a careful search). Also, if a reporter really acted like Dana Andrews in his professional or romantic life, he would have his lights punched out by his victims, and be arrested for stalking.

In other words -- not bad, and if you like George Sanders, it might be interesting to see him tackle a non-sneering part. Be warned, though, that Dana Andrews is seriously annoying in this one.


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