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Mission to Moscow (1943) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Jack L. Warner and Robert Buckner.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Carl Weyl; Interior Decoration: George J. HopkinsNominated
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Freddie: Say, do you let girls ride with the engineer?
Railroad official: She IS the engineer!
[laughs]


Ambassador Joseph E. Davies: Mr. Stalin, I believe history will record you as a great builder for the benefit of mankind.


Freddie: What I can't figure out if they're protecting us or watching us.
Ambassador Joseph E. Davies: Maybe a little of both.


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This film was often mentioned during the 1947 House of Representatives Un-American Committee (HUAC) investigation of communist infiltration in the motion picture industry and was chiefly responsible for the blacklisting of screenwriter Howard Koch. Jack L. Warner defended the picture as being "made when our country was fighting for its existence, with Russia as one of our allies. ... The picture was made only to help a desperate war effort and not for posterity."
According to the book 'The Films of World War II' by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, this film "was extremely controversial in the United States, where it was attacked on the one hand as a whitewash of the Soviet regime and defended on the other as a fitting tribute to a gallant ally" whilst "In Russia some of Hollywood's conceptions of Russian life presented in 'Mission to Moscow' evoked laughter."
According to the article "Hollywood's friends and foes" by Colin Shindler in the film history tome 'The Movie', this film was "According to Jack Warner Warner Bros. chief 'Jack L. Warner (I)' . . . made by Warner Brothers on the direct order of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an allegation which proved useless when Warner was under attack by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947." Moreover, "On its release, in 1943, 'Mission to Moscow' aroused instant controversy, attracting violent criticism from the political Right (particularly from the Hearst press) and political Left (especially those who took exception to the film's pro-Stalinist attitudes)."
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