The Iron Curtain (film)
|The Iron Curtain|
|Directed by||William Wellman|
|Produced by||Sol C. Siegel|
|Screenplay by||Milton Krims|
|Based on||I Was Inside Stalin's Spy Ring
1947 articles in
by Igor Gouzenko
|Narrated by||Reed Hadley|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Cinematography||Charles G. Clarke|
|Edited by||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
|May 12, 1948|
The Iron Curtain is a 1948 black-and-white thriller film starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, directed by William Wellman. The film was based on the memoirs of Igor Gouzenko. Principal photography was done on location in Ottawa, Canada by Charles G. Clarke. The film was later re-released as Behind the Iron Curtain.
In Shostakovich v. Twentieth Century-Fox, Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich unsuccessfully sued the film's distributor, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, in New York court, for using musical works of his that had fallen into the public domain.
Igor Gouzenko (Dana Andrews), an expert at deciphering codes, comes to the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, Canada in wartime 1943, along with a Soviet military colonel, Trigorin (Frederic Tozere), and a major, Kulin (Eduard Franz), to set up a base of operations.
Warned of the sensitive and top-secret nature of his work, Igor is put to a test by his superiors, who have the seductive Nina Karanova (June Havoc) try her wiles on him. Igor proves loyal to not only the cause but to his wife, Anna (Gene Tierney), who arrives in Ottawa shortly thereafter with the news that she is pregnant.
Trigorin and his security chief, Ranov (Stefan Schnabel), meet with John Grubb (Berry Kroeger), the founder of Canada's branch of the Communist Party. One of their primary targets is uranium being used for atomic energy by Dr. Harold Norman (Nicholas Joy), whom they try to recruit.
In the years that pass, the atomic bomb ends the war. Anna, who has borne a son, now has serious doubts about the family's future, particularly when Igor begins hearing that he is going to be reassigned back to Moscow. He takes secret documents and tells Anna to hide them, in case anything happens to him. Trigorin and Ranov threaten his life, but Igor refuses to return the papers.
Grubb and two others are called back to the Soviet Union to answer for their failures. Canada's government places the Gouzenkos in protective custody and grants them residence, with a warning that a watchful eye will be kept on their activities in the future.
- Dana Andrews as Igor Gouzenko
- Gene Tierney as Anna Gouzenko
- June Havoc as Nina Karanova
- Berry Kroeger as John Grubb, aka 'Paul'
- Edna Best as Mrs. Albert Foster, neighbor
- Stefan Schnabel as Col. Ilya Ranov, embassy attache
- Eduard Franz as Maj. Semyon Kulin
- Nicholas Joy as Dr. Harold Preston Norman, aka 'Alec'
- Frederic Tozere as Col. Aleksandr Trigorin
Twentieth Century-Fox bought the rights to Gouzenko's articles about his experiences as Hollywood began producing films regarding Communist infiltration in the late '40s. The studio also purchased the rights to two historical books on Soviet espionage, George Moorad's Behind the Iron Curtain and Richard Hirsch's The Soviet Spies: The Story of Russian Espionage in North America, though no material from the two books was actually used in the film.
- The Iron Curtain at the Internet Movie Database
- The Iron Curtain at the TCM Movie Database
- The Iron Curtain at AllMovie
- The Iron Curtain at the American Film Institute Catalog