Check out what surely must have been a special collaborative project with Hollywood to shake off the Commie-sympathizer image of State: State Department File 649
The overriding message was: State Department officers bravely serve America abroad. The acting was terrible and the storyline thin and predictable. It was good for some laughs at how outrageous it was though.
Also, if it was an accurate portrayal of Foreign Service Officers back in 1949, it is not now. We don’t carry guns and we don’t single handedly take on Mongolian warlords. Anyway, an interesting movie and fun piece of history if not cinematic excellence.
In 1947, Congress repeatedly told State to purge itself of Communist sympathizers (and Socialist New Dealers for that matter). The House Rules committee went so far as to say it wouldn’t support any legislation backed by the State Department for this very reason. In 1948 there was Alger Hiss.
Did State have a Hollywood liaison? Dunno, but they needed one. Was the role originally for an OSS officer?
From the review, I don’t think I’ll watch to figure it out.