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An incredibly bad movie that is founded on hogwash
- Robert Mann
This is not only a bad propaganda WW2 piece but also based upon ridiculous "facts"; you only have to know one quote (a paraphrase) from the movie to settle it all: "Stalin is not the kind of man to lie or to want to invade other countries". No wonder the Russians rolled all over us after WW2. Actually, if body count is any importance, Stalin murdered many more innocent people (including his own) that anyone else. Three and a half stars for this trash? They need another rater. RM
A Monstrous Waste
- David H.
"Mission to Moscow" is a monstrous waste of talent both in front of and behind the camera and even in the context of its time one of the most short-sighted films ever made. Mr. Davies and the film were right to point out Axis intentions, but are as equally negligent to justify a Soviet menace America had to deal with for nearly 50 years. Jack Warner's patriotic over zealousness is all over this film, but instead of a vehicle to encourage American empathy for the Russians against the fascists, we get the worst cinematic whitewash since "Birth of a Nation."
Mission to Stupidity
Was Joe Davies in the employ of Stalin?This is lamest piece of propaganda shoved on America. It was released during WWII and the Roosevelt administration needed wartime support for the USSR against Germany. Unfortunately, this film, based on Ambassador Davies book was pure Soviet contrivance. It was about as factual and honest as the confessions show in the show trials in this dishonest film.How could anyone today take this Stalin loving film seriously. It is a shameful film. Ironically, it shows identical militarism and state control of everything in both Russia and Germany, yet praises Stalin and condemns Hitler, at the same time, unintentionally showing them as the same.The 1939 Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union was glossed over. Stalin and Hitler were allies for two years before Hitler invaded in June 1941.This film is so bad, and simple minded, it is now just a poorly produced joke.
Must Watch Movie!
- Allen J. Wilson
I get tickled to watch black and white movies in the 1930's and 1940's that are of historical signficance like "Mission to Moscow".Though, the movie had heavy propaganda for Pro-Soviet leanings, but it send volumes into current/modern day foreign policy between Russia and China, which makes sense why both countries forge alliances then and now.However, the U.S. Ambassador Davies was given a mission and he did his job as to what any ambassador was supposed to do at the request of the President.I recommend everyone to watch this movie with an open mind, because it gives a viewer an understanding the events that led up to WW II and the issues are still unsettling today cross Europe and into Asia!
What a Laugh!
I can just imagine what Walter Huston must have gone through after the war in appearing before the HUAC, if he did. But then, his performance was so ridiculous along with the screenplay one could not be surprised. True, Russia was our ally in the fight against facism, but only reluctantly. During the war they never appreciated the help we sent them, and Stalin's treatment of Polish prisoners and his own people who surrendered in the early part of the war is an abomination. Claiming he was a "builder" was true if you think of all the dead bodies he stacked! The fact that right after the war ended Russia immediately became our enemy is enough to make us realize that they were only if it was expedient. We had no choice but to make this movie, or did we. Better we never made it. What trash.
- Chuck Davis
This is a heavy-handed piece of propaganda aimed at justifying our World War II alliance with the Soviets. Joseph Stalin is portrayed as a well-meaning man of peace, rather than the paranoid mass murderer he actually was. There is an attempt to rationalize the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the Soviet invasion of Finland. The Soviet and Nazi regimes were equally terrible and brutal dictatorships, but you'd never know it from this movie. The best unintentionally funny line is that Stalin will be remembered "as a builder."
HISTORY REPEATS IT'S SELF!
Watching this movie for the first time I was shocked just how relevant it was to what is happening right here and right now in America. Everyone including our Congressmen and Senators should see this movie. I wish it was on DVD for purchase.