Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.
This was Joseph L. Mankiewicz's last film under his contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. A great deal of preparatory work had been already been done on the film when he expressed an interest in the story, and studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck was reluctant to let him wait out the last few months of his contract without doing anything. Mankiewicz rewrote the dialogue extensively without taking a credit, but his contract was up by the time the editing process had to begin. He always claimed that Zanuck, who supervised the editing, had taken out several of the film's best scenes.
L. C. Moyzisch:
Count Franz Von Papen: The name is the personal choice of Herr Ribbentrop.
L. C. Moyzisch: Has it any significance, sir?
Count Franz Von Papen: None that I know of. Except the surprising fact that Herr Ribbentrop has even heard of Cicero.
Near the beginning of the film, immediately after the reception of the diplomats, there is a scene of the German diplomat's vehicle leaving the reception. While the film takes place during WWII, the car is clearly passed by two early 50s American cars.
Before the movie title: This is a true story. All the exterior scenes in this picture were filmed in the locales associated with the story.
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