Venetian Bird

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Venetian Bird
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Betty Box (producer)
Earl St. John (executive producer)
Written by Victor Canning
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Gerald Thomas
Distributed by General Film Distributors (1952, UK, theatrical)
United Artists (1953, USA, theatrical)
Release dates
Running time
95 minutes; USA:90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Venetian Bird [aka The Assassin] is a 1952 British thriller film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Richard Todd, Eva Bartok and John Gregson.[1]


British private detective Edward Mercer (Richard Todd) is employed to travel to Venice and locate an Italian who is to be rewarded for his assistance to Allied airmen during the Second World War. Once he arrives in Italy, however, he becomes mixed up in an assassination and a great deal of mystery. The mystery revolves around whether Renzo Uccello (John Gregson) actually died a few years earlier in World War II or not. The city of Venice provides a familiar and magnificent backdrop for the story.



The film was shot entirely on location in Venice. Box and Thomas decided not to use colour as they felt it would not suit the genre.[2]


  1. ^ IMDb Plot Summary: The Assassin
  2. ^ BY WAY OF REPORT: Box -- Thomas Activities -- Cinema 16 Plans -- By HOWARD THOMPSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 14 Sep 1952: X5.

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