Sofia (1948)

82 mins | Drama | September 1948

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HISTORY

Although this film was not viewed, the above credits and summary were derived from a copyright cutting continuity. Late Jan and early Feb 1948 HR news items reported that both Helmut Dantine and Milburn Stone were being considered for the lead. A 26 Feb 1948 HR news item reported that Gene Raymond and Patricia Morison had been cast and that the film would be shot in Mexico with the majority of the supporting players to be cast there. Mexican sources add Joaquín Cordero to the ... More Less

Although this film was not viewed, the above credits and summary were derived from a copyright cutting continuity. Late Jan and early Feb 1948 HR news items reported that both Helmut Dantine and Milburn Stone were being considered for the lead. A 26 Feb 1948 HR news item reported that Gene Raymond and Patricia Morison had been cast and that the film would be shot in Mexico with the majority of the supporting players to be cast there. Mexican sources add Joaquín Cordero to the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Sep 1948.
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Daily Variety
17 Aug 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Aug 48
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Feb 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 48
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Aug 48
p. 3, 9
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 May 48
p. 4183.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Aug 48
p. 4281.
New York Times
4 Sep 48
p. 8.
Variety
18 Aug 48
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst to the dir
Asst to the dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Clothes for Miss Morison des by
Hats for Miss Gurie by
MUSIC
Mus dir and score
SOUND
Dir of sd
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech adv
Elec supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Cinecolor supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lucky Star," "Wake Up, It's Love" and "My Beloved," words by Karen Walter, music by Serge Walter.
DETAILS
Release Date:
September 1948
Premiere Information:
World premiere in New York: 3 September 1948
Production Date:
early March--mid April 1948 at Churubusco Studios, Mexico City
Copyright Claimant:
Arpi Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 September 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1787
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
7,409
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13056
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In post-war Turkey, former O.S.S. operative Steve Roark is still involved in espionage activities and occasionally functions as a double agent for the Russians. He is assisted in his activities by suave Turk, Ali Imagu. Steve receives a message that Austrians Linda Carlson and Dr. Eric Viertel are in Sofia, Bulgaria. Steve also learns that Linda, with whom he fell in love during the war and thought had been killed by the Germans, and Viertel were working on atomic research when the Nazis captured them and sent them to a concentration camp. The Russians liberated them and encouraged their research, sending them to Sofia to interest other scientists in working on the same research. Steve finds it hard to believe that Linda would willingly work against the interests of world peace, but agrees to help them escape to America. In order to obtain papers to go to Sofia, Steve agrees to work with ex-Nazi Peter Goltzen and Rumanian nightclub singer Magda Onescu, who is attracted to him, in arranging the escape of a Russian political prisoner from an Istanbul jail. After Steve and Ali free the prisoner and get him to Sofia, they are given papers enabling them to remain there. Steve is shocked to learn that Linda has married Viertel, as he is still very much in love with her. Steve seeks help from Dr. Stoyan, one of the leaders of the Balkan underground, who is attempting to set up an independent coalition of democratic states. To convince Stoyan of his integrity, Steve tells him that, during the war, he, Linda and Viertel hid in a mountain chalet in Austria and photographed important atomic research papers for the ... +


In post-war Turkey, former O.S.S. operative Steve Roark is still involved in espionage activities and occasionally functions as a double agent for the Russians. He is assisted in his activities by suave Turk, Ali Imagu. Steve receives a message that Austrians Linda Carlson and Dr. Eric Viertel are in Sofia, Bulgaria. Steve also learns that Linda, with whom he fell in love during the war and thought had been killed by the Germans, and Viertel were working on atomic research when the Nazis captured them and sent them to a concentration camp. The Russians liberated them and encouraged their research, sending them to Sofia to interest other scientists in working on the same research. Steve finds it hard to believe that Linda would willingly work against the interests of world peace, but agrees to help them escape to America. In order to obtain papers to go to Sofia, Steve agrees to work with ex-Nazi Peter Goltzen and Rumanian nightclub singer Magda Onescu, who is attracted to him, in arranging the escape of a Russian political prisoner from an Istanbul jail. After Steve and Ali free the prisoner and get him to Sofia, they are given papers enabling them to remain there. Steve is shocked to learn that Linda has married Viertel, as he is still very much in love with her. Steve seeks help from Dr. Stoyan, one of the leaders of the Balkan underground, who is attempting to set up an independent coalition of democratic states. To convince Stoyan of his integrity, Steve tells him that, during the war, he, Linda and Viertel hid in a mountain chalet in Austria and photographed important atomic research papers for the Americans. However, Stoyan cannot promise to assist Steve in getting Linda and Viertel out of Bulgaria and, ultimately, has to refuse to help as this could jeopardize his compatriots' activities. Meanwhile, Goltzen, who is working for Russian agent Ana Sokolova, kidnaps Linda and Viertel and puts them on a private plane to Vienna. However, Steve and Ali manage to take over the plane and deliver them to safety in Salonika, Greece. Steve and Ali return to Sofia, where Magda furnishes them with an alibi for their absence. In Athens, meanwhile, Goltzen's agents shoot and kill Viertel and Linda is tricked into returning to Sofia. After Goltzen and Sokolov capture and torture Steve and Linda to reveal the atomic secrets, Ali pleads with Stoyan to help free them. With Stoyan's help, Ali engineers Steve and Linda's escape, during which Goltzen is killed and Sokolov captured. Their mission accomplished, Steve and Linda head for America. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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