After the horror of World War II, the Cold War heats up as governments adjust to the new borders that have been redrawn practically overnight. Intrepid American reporters Robert Cannon (Jerome Thor) and Helen Davis (Sydna Scott) find themselves tangling with espionage rings, black market gangs and war criminals in these exciting episodes of "Dateline Europe" (aka "Foreign Intrigue").
Filmed at beautiful locations with an all-European supporting cast by producer Sheldon Reynolds (creator of TV's "Sherlock Holmes" with Ronald Howard), "Dateline Europe" was syndicated from 1951-1953. This smart mix of adventure and suspense is reminiscent of the Cold War film noir The Third Man and the radio program "The Lives of Harry Lime."
STOLEN BIRD: Reporter Helen Davis infiltrates the operations of a corrupt contractor illegally manipulating the reconstruction of factories in post-war Europe.
GHOST IN THE VALLEY: In Stockholm, a fellow newspaperman tips Cannon off that a war criminal that Cannon believed dead is still alive and will lead a neo-Nazi uprising.
SAW MILL: A terrified Polish scientist, desperate to get industrial secrets to the West, puts Cannon in danger when he confides his plans to him.
STEEL BARON: An Ex-Nazi has ambitions of regaining control of his pre-war steel factories, but Cannon's investigative reporting reveals the steel baron's true plans.
Set in various European countries, this post-World War II TV drama draws on much of the unease and uncertainty felt across the continent during this period. Three reporters--Robert Cannon (Jerome Thor), Helen Davis (Sydna Scott), and Michael Powers (James Daly)--follow some illicit activities over the four episodes included here. With the Cold War in full swing, rampant paranoia runs throughout.
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Get this for the "Saw Mill" episode
Movie Lover: Robert Huggins from
Suburban Philadelphia, PA -- April, 26, 2006
Volume 3 of "Dateline Europe" contains, in my opinion, the most suspenseful episode of this series released to date by Alpha Video, "Saw Mill." This episode has the look and feel of an Alfred Hitchcock film and has an incredibly staged climax in the saw mill that had me on the edge of my seat. Producer Sheldon Reynolds may be better known for his "Sherlock Holmes" series with Ronald Howard, but "Dateline Europe" is surely one of the unsung treasures of early 1950s syndicated television programming. Utilizing European location filming and mostly European actors, with well written scripts, the show has a look and sophistication to it unlike anything else broadcast at the time. Only "Secret File, USA" (another Alpha release) comes close. For anyone interested in post-World War II Europe or the Cold War, this series is a must.
The prints utilized by Alpha for this release and the other two volumes are not the best, but are certainly watchable. I purchased this and the other two volumes of the series sight unseen and can easily recommend this series to others. Thanks, Alpha, for making this rare TV series easily available and please keep 'em coming!
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