Foreign Intrigue

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Foreign Intrigue
Genre Action/Adventure
Created by Sheldon Reynolds
Starring Jerome Thor (seasons 1–2)
James Daly (season 3)
Gerald Mohr (season 4)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 156
Production
Location(s) Filmstaden, Stockholm, Paris, France, and Vienna, Austria; other European location
Release
Original network Syndication
Original release October 18, 1951 – June 18, 1955

Foreign Intrigue (also known as Foreign Assignment) is a syndicated espionage drama television series produced in Europe by Sheldon Reynolds. The 30-minute series ran for four seasons from 1951 to 1955, producing 156 episodes.[1] It was the first filmed television series from the United States to be broadcast on Canadian television.[2]

Premise[edit]

Foreign Intrigue focused on activities of foreign correspondents for news services. Initially, the correspondents were Robert Cannon and Helen Davis for Consolidated News and Steve Godfrey for Amalgamated News Service. In 1953-1954, Michael Powers and Patricia Bennett (of Associated News) were the central characters. Plots dealt with the journalists' efforts to gather information for news stories.In 1954-1955, the focus shifted to Christopher Storm, an American who operated a hotel in Vienna while working as an undercover agent for the United States government.[3]

Additionally, Hal Erickson noted in his book, Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987, the European production provided American viewers "something they weren't getting from their average domestic television product: breathtaking glimpses of the glamour spots of Europe."[2]

Cast[edit]

The program originally starred Jerome Thor for the first two seasons; in later reruns these episodes were titled Dateline Europe. Thor was succeeded by James Daly for the duration of the third season; in reruns, the Daly episodes were retitled Overseas Adventure. The fourth and final season starred Gerald Mohr as Christopher Storm; when these episodes were rerun they were renamed Cross Current.[1]

Others seen in the programs were Sydna Scott as Helen Davis, Robert Arden as Steve Powers, Doreen Denning as Betty Carter, Ann Preville as Patricia Bennett, and Nikole Millinaire as a aide.[3]

Location[edit]

Principal photography for the first two seasons was shot in Filmstaden, Stockholm. Production moved to Paris, France for the third season, and then later to Vienna, Austria for the final season, with locations throughout Europe and Scandinavia, including Copenhagen and Stockholm, utilized during the show's run.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jerome Thor as Robert Cannon (seasons 1–2)
  • Sydna Scott as Helen Davis (seasons 1–2)
  • James Daly as Michael Powers (season 3)
  • Anne Preville as Patricia Bennett (season 3)
  • Gerald Mohr as Christopher Storm (season 4)

Recurring[edit]

  • John Padovano as Tony Forrest
  • Gilbert Robin as Dodo (season 4)
  • John Stark as Starky (season 4)

Awards[edit]

The show was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards as follows:[4]

  • 1953 – Nominated best mystery, action or adventure program
  • 1954 – Nominated best mystery, action or adventure program
  • 1955 – Nominated best mystery or intrigue series.

Follow-up film[edit]

Sheldon Reynolds also directed a subsequent eponymous 1956 movie, Foreign Intrigue, based on the TV series, which starred Robert Mitchum. John Padovano reprised his role of Tony Forrest for the film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "Foreign Intrigue (Intrigue)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (Eighth ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0. 
  2. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2001). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Classics. pp. 27–28. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. 
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 358. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  4. ^ "("Foreign Intrigue" search results)". EMMYS. Television Academy. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 

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