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Safe Conduct 

An American journalist meets a soccer star while traveling behind the Iron Curtain, but then is arrested as a suspected smuggler.


Justus Addiss


Andrew Solt (teleplay)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Claire Trevor ... Mary Prescott
Jacques Bergerac ... Jan Gubak
Werner Klemperer ... Professor / Captain Greisham
Peter van Eyck ... Officer (as Peter Van Eyck)
John Banner ... Train Conductor
Konstantin Shayne ... Customs Officer
Ralph Manza ... Waiter


American journalist Mary Prescott is returning from a trip to a Communist state behind the Iron Curtain, traveling with a letter of safe conduct from that nation's President. Riding on the same train is Jan Gubak, captain of the country's soccer team and a national hero. Gubak visits the journalist in her compartment, asks her to dinner, and later persuades her to take a watch across the border for him, telling her that he plans to sell it to pay for an operation for his sister. She is then shocked when, at the border, Gubak himself reports her as a smuggler. She undergoes interrogation, while trying to determine whether there is anyone she can trust. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

19 February 1956 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Werner Klemperer and John Banner, European Jews from Germany and Austria, respectively; would later appear together in Hogan's Heroes (1965). Werner was the son of acclaimed composer-conductor Otto Klemperer and came from Köln, Germany. Johann Banner came from Vienna, Austria. See more »


All of the Europeans say "soccer", whereas in reality Europeans call the sport "football". See more »

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A well crafted story of Intrigue that perfectly fits the time period.
6 July 2019 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

American journalist Mary Prescott is traveling on a train out of the Iron Curtain, after having meet with its dictator to talk about a variety of things. After having her luggage checked, she is then introduced to local celebrity Jan Gubak a famous soccer player who everyone seems to love. Gubak manages to talk Prescott into smuggling a watch which belonged to his grandmother across the country for him since her bags have already been check. However, strangely Gubak turns Prescott in telling officials that she has smuggled the watch from across country. Prescott is put in the trains jail facility, but, Gubak has a more interesting plan up his sleeve and what might it be?. An Interesting tale of intrigue made good primarily due to the time period this be 1956, and the Cold War going on pretty strong this is a nice piece of story telling for a time when television was still very young and new. The other is the fine cast of familiar faces Jacques Bergerac and Claire Trevor are both really good in there roles, and I have to admit it was pretty great to see both Werner Klemperer and John Banner in a early screen appearance together almost 10 years before the two would star along side each other in "Hogan's Heroes". Overall, this is a very well crafted story, with some really good performances.

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