Starring Robert Mitchum, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Page, Eugene Deckers, Inga Tidblad, Lauritz Falk
Suspenseful. Fantastic. Surprising.
Foreign Intrigue is a shameless soap opera, only instead of illicit romance, domestic strife, and Jane Wyman, we get espionage, assassins, and Robert Mitchum. The classic Hollywood star, usually of noirs, plays Dave Bishop, a cool customer and right-hand man to a secretive millionaire, Victor Danemore. After his employer dies, Bishop does some digging into Danemore’s past, which leads across the world and into a web of lies involving war-time traitors and Nazis of all things. It comes as no surprise to me to find out that this was originally a television serial. It unloads one moment after another that would make a great commercial break cliffhanger. There is no depth whatsoever in Foreign Intrigue, so it’s a matter of knowing what you’re in for, and seeing if it fits your taste. For me, Foreign Intrigue is a fantastic fantasy; a laconic hero, beautiful women (one dangerous, one true), twists, action. What else do you need?
-Walter Tyrone Howard-