Night People (1954)


night-people“Nothing that ever happens here is isolated. They kidnap a 19 year old boy, your son and we cant tell yet whether its a local needle or another Korea.” – Hobart

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – During the early days of the cold war, a US Army officer stationed in Germany must maneuver through the local espionage system in order to free an American soldier abducted by the Russians.

My Take on it – I came across this film after reading an intersting article about older spy films.

Unfortunately, by today’s standards this film is lacking in numerous areas and comes across as merely mediocre.

Gregory Peck is sufficient in the lead role but there are scenes where he seems like he is in way over his head.

I must admit tho that I was intrigued to see how the Cold War was perceived at the start especially knowing now as much as we know.
Bottom Line -Mediocre spy film that is ok but lacks any real punch to make it more interesting. Peck is fine here but sometimes seems a bit in over his head. Was interesting to watch how the Cold War was perceived back then especially knowing now as much as we do.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Their uniforms indicate both Van Dyke and Eddie were combat veterans of World War II. Van Dyke served in Italy with the 5th Army and earned the 2nd highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, plus a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Eddie fought with the 4th Infantry Division in France and won both the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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