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Foreign Intrigue (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 May 1956 (USA)
When a reclusive, enigmatic millionaire dies suddenly on the Riviera, his press agent begins to investigate his employer's shady past.

Director:

Sheldon Reynolds

Writers:

Sheldon Reynolds (story based on an original treatment), Harold Jack Bloom (story based on an original treatment by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Dave Bishop
Geneviève Page ... Dominique
Ingrid Thulin ... Brita (as Ingrid Tulean)
Frédéric O'Brady Frédéric O'Brady ... Spring (as Frederick O'Brady)
Eugene Deckers ... Sandoz
Inga Tidblad ... Mrs. Lindquist
John Padovano John Padovano ... Tony Forrest
Lauritz Falk ... Jones
Frederick Schrecker Frederick Schrecker ... Mannheim
Georges Hubert Georges Hubert ... Dr. Thibault
Peter Copley ... Brown
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Blind Housekeeper (as Lilly Kann)
Ralph Brown Ralph Brown ... Smith
Milo Sperber Milo Sperber ... Baum
Jim Gérald Jim Gérald ... Bistro Owner
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Storyline

Millionaire Victor Danemore, living on the French Riviera, dies suddenly of a heart attack. His secretary, Dave Bishop, wants to know more about his employer's life. Surprisingly, not even his young wife knows anything about her husband's background or how he earned his fortune. Clues lead Bishop to Vienna and Stockholm, where he learns that Danemore was black-mailing people who cooperated with the Nazis during WW2. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Robert Mitchum is the hunted . . . Europe is the hunting ground ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Swedish | French

Release Date:

28 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die fünfte Kolonne See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Budget:

$625,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Poste Parisien)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to the Internet Movie Car Database the car Mitchum drives off in at the beginning of the film is a 1949 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet Chapron. See more »

Quotes

Spring: Just a word of caution: the order I received and ignored can be given to others. First you and now we are gambling for very high stakes, and we must be extremely cautious. We must meet cautiously, and we must travel cautiously.
Dave Bishop: I'm inclined to rely on your judgment in such cases.
Spring: The first mark of a talented amateur is that he respects the professional. Au revoir.
Dave Bishop: Au revoir.
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Referenced in Black River (1957) See more »

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FOREIGN INTRIGUE CONCERTO
Music by Charlie Norman
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A heavily accented foreign travelogue devoid of intrigue
12 September 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Foreign Intrigue is as bland and generic as its title. Its scantily credentialed director/writer/producer, Sheldon Reynolds, did an early-1950s TV series with the same name, so this movie looks like a bid for big-screen immortality. Alas, it's one of those polyglot productions that suggests financing flowed from several European countries, with strings attached to several cast members; there's no other way to account for their presence.

A wealthy man of mystery drops dead in his villa on the Riviera. His American press agent (Robert Mitchum) finds him but suspicions grow when he's asked four times in succession if his employer `said anything' before he died. So Mitchum sets out to discover who the man was and how he accumulated his fortune. He starts with the merry widow (Genevieve Page) and travels on to Vienna and Stockholm, where he falls for the daughter (Ingrid Thulin) of a deceased industrialist whom may have been a blackmail target. Mitchum finds that he, too, is being followed....

Foreign Intrigue brings to mind Orson Welles' Mr. Arkadin of the previous year, memories of which emphatically ought not to be freshened. There's little true suspense, though the score, by Paul Durand and Charlie Norman, insists that yes, there is. Reynolds tosses in a little Alfred Hitchock here, a little Carol Reed there, but to little avail. About three-quarters of the way through, the picture reaches a lugubrious crescendo by revealing a vast global conspiracy harking back to the Third Reich. The only sensible reaction to all this is Mitchum's, who knew a good paycheck when he saw one and saunters through the movie with his eyes half-shut, as only he could do. Even so, he remains the only reason to sit through this foreign travelogue devoid of intrigue.


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