The Iron Curtain

The Iron Curtain

Director: William Wellman Cast: Dana Andrews, Leslie Barrie, Gene Tierney

DVD (Full Frame)

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Another of 20th Century-Fox's "drawn from today's headlines" dramas of the late 1940s, Behind the Iron Curtain (a.k.a. The Iron Curtain) is based on the true-life defection of Soviet Embassy code specialist Igor Gouzenko. Portrayed by Dana Andrews, Gouzenko is brought to Canada under a cloud of secrecy by Russian "special agents," the better to help them in their espionage efforts. Despite the fact that he is far from Russia, Gouzenko is hounded by his suspicious superiors and denied the simplest basic rights. When Gouzenko realizes that his government will soon call him back to Russia to engage in the "class struggle," the code clerk decides to defect, stealing secret information and turning it over to the Canadian Ministry of Justice. At first, Gouzenko is ignored, but when his information is digested by the Canadian government, the authorities round up the Communist spy ring. Gouzenko and his family are put in protective custody by the Canadian government, while several of Gouzenko's Russian superiors are punished by the Communist higher-ups for allowing the clerk to slip through their hands. Filmed in a semi-documentary style, Behind the Iron Curtain is more matter-of-fact and less paranoic than other "Red scare" films of the period.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2016
UPC: 0024543115526
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 22,794

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Igor Gouzenko
Leslie Barrie Editor
Gene Tierney Anna Gouzenko
June Havoc Karanova
Berry Kroeger Grubb
Edna Best Mrs. Foster
Helena Dare Mrs. Kulin
Eduard Franz Major Kulin
Reed Hadley Commentator
Nicholas Joy Dr. Norman
Eula Morgan Mrs. Trigorin
Christopher Olsen Andrei
John Ridgely Policeman Murphy
Stefan Schnabel Ranov
John Shay Sergeyev
Frederic Tozere Col. Trigorin
Peter Whitney Winikov
Victor Wood Capt. Class
Robert Adler Wilson
Matthew Boulton Inspector Burns
Harry Carter Fairfield
John Davidson Secretary
Michael Dugan Policeman
Arthur E. Gould-Porter Mr. Foster
Joe Whitehead William Hollis
Anne Curson Helen Tweedy
Noel Cravat Bushkin
Mauritz Hugo Leonard Laetz

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Bonnie Cashin Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Aram Khachaturian Score Composer
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
Nicholas Miaskovsky Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Sergey Prokofiev Score Composer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Dmitry Shostakovich Score Composer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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