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Saturday Night Cinema: The Iron Curtain (1948)

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Tonight’s Saturday Night Cinema is reminder that Hollywood once made movies that were pro-America, moral and good. Shocking but true. Tonight’s feature, “The Iron Curtain,” is based on real events, focuses on the defection of Soviet Embassy code specialist Igor Gouzenko. Starring two GR favorites Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney (reunited after the iconic Laura), this is one of the first and the better cold war era spy films

The Iron Curtain

Factually dealing with the Soviet undercover activities in Canada where atomic bomb secrets were thefted, picture is a corking spy melodrama.

By Variety Staff, December 31, 1947:

Dana Andrews Gene Tierney June Havoc Berry Kroeger Edna Best

Factually dealing with the Soviet undercover activities in Canada where atomic bomb secrets were thefted, picture is a corking spy melodrama.

Story is the personal one of Igor Gouzenko, former code clerk in the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa. A devoted Communist when he arrives at his new post, Gouzenko is gradually aware of what it means to live without fear and, to help insure his son’s future, exposes the Soviet spy network to the world.

William A. Wellman’s direction carries out documentary technique, pointing up factual material and the dramatic values by never permitting a scene to be overplayed. Stress on underplaying and the absence of obvious meller tricks goes a long way in adding to realistic air with which the film is imbued.

Dana Andrews does one of his best jobs as Gouzenko, making the character as real on the screen as it is in real life. Gene Tierney is fine as his wife, who first becomes aware of the deadend that Communism leads to. Wisely, there has been no attempt to have the dialog accented, contributing to reality.

The Iron Curtain

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director William A. Wellman; Producer Sol C. Siegel; Screenplay Milton Krims; Camera Charles G. Clarke; Editor Louis Loeffler; Art Director Lyle R. Wheeler, Mark-Lee Kirk

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: Dana Andrews Gene Tierney June Havoc Berry Kroeger Edna Best

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