A topflight Cold War drama, this film depicts a clever and harrowing cat-and-mouse game between US military people and Russian spies in postwar Berlin. Peck is an intelligence officer who learns that a US Army corpsman has been kidnaped by the communists and taken into the Russian zone.
Worse, the young man's father, a magnate and political power broker, Crawford, arrives from the US and loudly demands that immediate action be taken to get his son released. Peck by then has learned that the Russians are insisting on the return of two elderly Germans--a retired general, Faerber,
and his wife, Esmond, who supports her husband by playing the piano in a seedy nightclub...