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The Iron Curtain (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, History | 16 June 1948 (Sweden)
The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Milton Krims (screenplay), Igor Gouzenko (personal story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Igor Gouzenko
Gene Tierney ... Anna Gouzenko
June Havoc ... Nina Karanova
Berry Kroeger ... John Grubb, aka 'Paul'
Edna Best ... Mrs. Albert Foster
Stefan Schnabel ... Col. Ilya Ranov
Nicholas Joy ... Dr. Harold Preston Norman, aka 'Alec'
Eduard Franz ... Maj. Semyon Kulin
Frederic Tozere Frederic Tozere ... Col. Aleksandr Trigorin (as Frederic Tozère)
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Storyline

Soviet soldier turned bureaucrat Igor Gouzenko is assigned to his first overseas posting in 1943 to Ottawa, Canada, as a cipher clerk for the military attaché, their offices in a secret wing of the Soviet embassy. Igor is not to tell anyone what he does for a living, he given a cover story which he is to recite even when questioned by his own people. He and his wife Anna Gouzenko are supposed to be cordial to their Canadian neighbors and associates, but not fraternize or befriend them, as they are still considered the enemy, despite both countries being on the same side in the war. Igor follows his instructions to a T, but it is more difficult for Anna, who does not have the distraction of work during the day, and who can see that their neighbors are not their enemies but good people much like themselves. Over the next few years, Igor sees that what is happening around him and the work in which he is involved will not result in a world in which he wants to raise his newborn son, ... Written by Huggo

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What Was Behind Their Mission... THIS TERROR? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the Iron Curtain See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director William A. Wellman had directed a young, non-famous Dana Andrews in The Ox-Bow Incident. See more »

Goofs

The invitation shown from the "Associated Friends of Soviet Russia" requests the "honor" of the recipient's company, and later a newspaper headline reads, "Rumor M.P. To Be Arrested In Spy Probe". As the film takes place in Canada, where British spellings are used, the words should have been spelled "honour" and "rumour". See more »

Quotes

Maj. Semyon Kulin: I've got blood on both hands, and I sleep with dead faces on my eyeballs.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5, Op. 100
Music by Sergei Prokofiev (as Serge Prokofieff)
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Iron Curtain Rates ****
25 May 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Excellent film dealing with Soviet spies operating in Canada during World War 11 and afterward.

The spying was done out of the Soviet embassy in Canada. There were plenty of non-Canadians involved in the spy ring as well.

This film was a true story. Dana Andrews gives a subdued performance as a Soviet decoder who comes to appreciate democracy. He is soon joined in Canada by his wife who is played by Gene Tierney. She brings a simplicity to the role as the Soviet wife who also comes to respect a democratic way of life.

There is an excellent performance by Eduard Franz, who plays an disenchanted alcoholic Soviet official, whose disdain for Soviet life will lead him back to the Soviet Union.

The film is exciting since it shows how no one wanted to listen to Andrews unraveling of the spy ring.


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