MISSION TO MOSCOW

Mission To Moscow

Directed by Michael Curtiz, Starring Michael Curtiz, John Abbott, Ernie Adams, Herbert Ashley, Hooper Atchley, Felix Basch, Egon Brecher, Oliver Blake, Monte Blue, Roman Bohnen, Eugene Borden, Barbara Brown, George Carleton, Maurice Cass, Fyodor Chaliapin, Luke Chan, Cyd Charisse, Virginia Christine, Wallis Clark, Edmund Cobb, Harry Cording, Gino Corrado, Jerome Cowan, Noel Cravat, Joseph Crehan, Jacqueline Dalya, Henry Daniell, Helmut Dantine, William B. Davidson, Jean De Briac, Jean Del Val, John Dilson, Warren Douglas, Ben Erway, Fred Essler, Barbara Everest, Frank Faylen, Frank Ferguson, Robert C. Fischer, James Flavin, Lee Tung Foo, Ross Ford, William Forrest, Victor Francen, Jack Gardner, Gene Gary, Arthur Gilmore, Sam Goldenberg, Lisa Golm, Gregory Golubeff, Christine Gordon, William Gould, Alexander Granach, Henry Guttman, John Hamilton, Ann Harding, Lumsden Hare, Herbert Heyes, Louis Jean Heydt, Oscar Homolka, Mauritz Hugo, Walter Huston, Olaf Hytten, Frieda Inescort, Ted Jacques, Frank Jaquet, Allen Jung, Erwin Kalser, Eddie Kane, Kurt Katch, Edward Keane, Bill Kennedy, Jack Kenney, Manart Kippen, Charles LaTorre, Ivan Lebedeff, George Lessey, Marion Lessing, Doris Lloyd, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Arthur Loft, Dudley Field Malone, Michael Mark, Mike Mazurki, Alex Melesh, Howard Mitchell, Clive Morgan, Forbes Murray, Martin Noble, Pat O'Malley, Daniel Ocko, Moroni Olsen, Maria Palmer, Eleanor Parker, Emory Parnell, Frank Penny, Francis Pierlot, Frank Puglia, Emil Rameau, Frank Reicher, Duncan Renaldo, Georges Renavent, Lionel Royce, Dick Ryan, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink, Hans Schumm, Konstantin Shayne, Robert Shayne, Tamara Shayne, Leonid Snegoff, Vladimir Sokoloff, George Sorel, Glenn Strange, Sandor Szabo, George Tobias, Richard Travis, Ivan Triesault, Charles Trowbridge, Tom Tully, Edward Van Sloan, Henry Victor, Michael Visaroff, Ray Walker, Pierre Watkin, Minor Watson, Peggy Watts, John Wengraf, Leigh Whipper, Marek Windheim, Joan Winfield, Isabel Withers, Victor Wong, Jack Young, David Hoffmann, John Maxwell, Maurice Schwartz, Alfred Zeisler, Betty Roadman, Elizabeth Archer, Michel Panaieff, Oliver Cross, Frank Hemphill, Louis Arco, Albert D'Arno, Ernst Hausman, Edgar Licho, Rolf Lindau, Tina Menard, Peter Michael, Loulette Sablon, Sam Savitsky, Frank Wayne, Jean Wong, Alex Akimoff, Nino Bellini, Ernest Golm, Joseph Kamaryt, Zoya Karabanova, Al Kunde, Billy Louie, Marie Melesch, Irina Semochenko, Evelynne Smith, Rudolf Steinbeck, George Davis, Mark Strong
Written by Michael Curtiz, John Abbott, Ernie Adams, Herbert Ashley, Hooper Atchley, Felix Basch, Egon Brecher, Oliver Blake, Monte Blue, Roman Bohnen, Eugene Borden, Barbara Brown, George Carleton, Maurice Cass, Fyodor Chaliapin, Luke Chan, Cyd Charisse, Virginia Christine, Wallis Clark, Edmund Cobb, Harry Cording, Gino Corrado, Jerome Cowan, Noel Cravat, Joseph Crehan, Jacqueline Dalya, Henry Daniell, Helmut Dantine, William B. Davidson, Jean De Briac, Jean Del Val, John Dilson, Warren Douglas, Ben Erway, Fred Essler, Barbara Everest, Frank Faylen, Frank Ferguson, Robert C. Fischer, James Flavin, Lee Tung Foo, Ross Ford, William Forrest, Victor Francen, Jack Gardner, Gene Gary, Arthur Gilmore, Sam Goldenberg, Lisa Golm, Gregory Golubeff, Christine Gordon, William Gould, Alexander Granach, Henry Guttman, John Hamilton, Ann Harding, Lumsden Hare, Herbert Heyes, Louis Jean Heydt, Oscar Homolka, Mauritz Hugo, Walter Huston, Olaf Hytten, Frieda Inescort, Ted Jacques, Frank Jaquet, Allen Jung, Erwin Kalser, Eddie Kane, Kurt Katch, Edward Keane, Bill Kennedy, Jack Kenney, Manart Kippen, Charles LaTorre, Ivan Lebedeff, George Lessey, Marion Lessing, Doris Lloyd, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Arthur Loft, Dudley Field Malone, Michael Mark, Mike Mazurki, Alex Melesh, Howard Mitchell, Clive Morgan, Forbes Murray, Martin Noble, Pat O'Malley, Daniel Ocko, Moroni Olsen, Maria Palmer, Eleanor Parker, Emory Parnell, Frank Penny, Francis Pierlot, Frank Puglia, Emil Rameau, Frank Reicher, Duncan Renaldo, Georges Renavent, Lionel Royce, Dick Ryan, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink, Hans Schumm, Konstantin Shayne, Robert Shayne, Tamara Shayne, Leonid Snegoff, Vladimir Sokoloff, George Sorel, Glenn Strange, Sandor Szabo, George Tobias, Richard Travis, Ivan Triesault, Charles Trowbridge, Tom Tully, Edward Van Sloan, Henry Victor, Michael Visaroff, Ray Walker, Pierre Watkin, Minor Watson, Peggy Watts, John Wengraf, Leigh Whipper, Marek Windheim, Joan Winfield, Isabel Withers, Victor Wong, Jack Young, David Hoffmann, John Maxwell, Maurice Schwartz, Alfred Zeisler, Betty Roadman, Elizabeth Archer, Michel Panaieff, Oliver Cross, Frank Hemphill, Louis Arco, Albert D'Arno, Ernst Hausman, Edgar Licho, Rolf Lindau, Tina Menard, Peter Michael, Loulette Sablon, Sam Savitsky, Frank Wayne, Jean Wong, Alex Akimoff, Nino Bellini, Ernest Golm, Joseph Kamaryt, Zoya Karabanova, Al Kunde, Billy Louie, Marie Melesch, Irina Semochenko, Evelynne Smith, Rudolf Steinbeck, George Davis, Mark Strong

More so than most wartime films, Mission to Moscow must be viewed within the context of its times. Requested by President Roosevelt to make a film supportive of America's Russian allies, Warner Bros. turned to the memoirs of Ambassador Joseph H. Davies, who spent several years prior to WWII in the Soviet Union. As played by Walter Huston, Davies is a pillar of incorruptable integrity, reporting the facts "as I saw them" (only in later years was Davies revealed to be something less than a paragon of virtue who was willing to alter opinions for political, personal and financial expedience). Sent to Moscow by FDR as a means of finding out if Russia is a potentially trustworthy ally in case of war, Davies and his family are given the royal treatment by the Commissars, who display the social, technological, agricultural and artistic advances made under the Stalin regime. Invariably, the Russian citizens are shown to be singing, smiling, freedom-loving rugged individuals-in contrast to the Nazis, who are depicted as humorless automatons. In its efforts to present the USSR in the best possible light, the film glosses over the notorious Purge Trials of 1937, presenting the trials as scrupulously fair and the defendants as unabashed traitors to the Soviet cause. At one point, Russia's annexation of Finland in 1939 is "justified" by Davies' explanation that the Soviets merely wanted to protect their tiny neighbor from Nazi domination! It is unfair to label Mission to Moscow as Communistic or even left-wing, since it was merely parroting the official party line vis-a-vis US/Soviet relations in 1943. Even so, screenwriter Howard Koch found it very difficult to get film work after the war because of his contributions to this "Pinko" project (conversely, Jack Warner pulled a Pontius Pilate, washing his hands of the matter by insisting that he was strongarmed into making the film). Seen objectively, Mission to Moscow is top-rank entertainment, superbly and excitingly assembled in the manner typical of Warners and director Michael Curtiz. The huge cast includes Gene Lockhart as Molotov, attorney Dudley Field Malone as Winston Churchill, Maynart Kippen as a benign, pipe-smoking Stalin, Charles Trowbridge as Secretary Cordell Hull, Leigh Whipper as Hailie Selassie, Georges Renavent as Anthony Eden and Alex Chirva as Pierre Laval, along with the more familiar faces of Ann Harding (as Mrs. Davies), George Tobias, Eleanor Parker, Moroni Olsen, Minor Watson, Jerome Cowan, Duncan Renaldo, Mike Mazurki, Frank Faylen, Edward van Sloan, Louis-Jean Heydt, Monte Blue, Robert Shayne and even Sid (sic) Charisse. Original prints of Mission to Moscow include a 6-minute prologue delivered by the real Joseph Davies. Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast list

Michael Curtiz, John Abbott, Ernie Adams, Herbert Ashley, Hooper Atchley, Felix Basch, Egon Brecher, Oliver Blake, Monte Blue, Roman Bohnen, Eugene Borden, Barbara Brown, George Carleton, Maurice Cass, Fyodor Chaliapin, Luke Chan, Cyd Charisse, Virginia Christine, Wallis Clark, Edmund Cobb, Harry Cording, Gino Corrado, Jerome Cowan, Noel Cravat, Joseph Crehan, Jacqueline Dalya, Henry Daniell, Helmut Dantine, William B. Davidson, Jean De Briac, Jean Del Val, John Dilson, Warren Douglas, Ben Erway, Fred Essler, Barbara Everest, Frank Faylen, Frank Ferguson, Robert C. Fischer, James Flavin, Lee Tung Foo, Ross Ford, William Forrest, Victor Francen, Jack Gardner, Gene Gary, Arthur Gilmore, Sam Goldenberg, Lisa Golm, Gregory Golubeff, Christine Gordon, William Gould, Alexander Granach, Henry Guttman, John Hamilton, Ann Harding, Lumsden Hare, Herbert Heyes, Louis Jean Heydt, Oscar Homolka, Mauritz Hugo, Walter Huston, Olaf Hytten, Frieda Inescort, Ted Jacques, Frank Jaquet, Allen Jung, Erwin Kalser, Eddie Kane, Kurt Katch, Edward Keane, Bill Kennedy, Jack Kenney, Manart Kippen, Charles LaTorre, Ivan Lebedeff, George Lessey, Marion Lessing, Doris Lloyd, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Arthur Loft, Dudley Field Malone, Michael Mark, Mike Mazurki, Alex Melesh, Howard Mitchell, Clive Morgan, Forbes Murray, Martin Noble, Pat O'Malley, Daniel Ocko, Moroni Olsen, Maria Palmer, Eleanor Parker, Emory Parnell, Frank Penny, Francis Pierlot, Frank Puglia, Emil Rameau, Frank Reicher, Duncan Renaldo, Georges Renavent, Lionel Royce, Dick Ryan, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink, Hans Schumm, Konstantin Shayne, Robert Shayne, Tamara Shayne, Leonid Snegoff, Vladimir Sokoloff, George Sorel, Glenn Strange, Sandor Szabo, George Tobias, Richard Travis, Ivan Triesault, Charles Trowbridge, Tom Tully, Edward Van Sloan, Henry Victor, Michael Visaroff, Ray Walker, Pierre Watkin, Minor Watson, Peggy Watts, John Wengraf, Leigh Whipper, Marek Windheim, Joan Winfield, Isabel Withers, Victor Wong, Jack Young, David Hoffmann, John Maxwell, Maurice Schwartz, Alfred Zeisler, Betty Roadman, Elizabeth Archer, Michel Panaieff, Oliver Cross, Frank Hemphill, Louis Arco, Albert D'Arno, Ernst Hausman, Edgar Licho, Rolf Lindau, Tina Menard, Peter Michael, Loulette Sablon, Sam Savitsky, Frank Wayne, Jean Wong, Alex Akimoff, Nino Bellini, Ernest Golm, Joseph Kamaryt, Zoya Karabanova, Al Kunde, Billy Louie, Marie Melesch, Irina Semochenko, Evelynne Smith, Rudolf Steinbeck, George Davis, Mark Strong, Howard Koch, Joseph E. Davies

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HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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