Depressing but well done tale of ex-patriots in WW II
This is a most depressing but well done adaptation of Remarque's novel FLOTSAM - dealing with those who are without passports and therefore at the beck and call of all nations' police forces, always hiding, always in fear of being deported, set in WW II Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Margaret Sullavan shines in one of her finest performances as a Jewish chemist who must flee the Nazis. A very young Glenn Ford gives a fine performance as the idealistic young man in lover with her. Fredric March stars but his story is far less interesting than theirs. The score was nominated for an Oscar. One riveting scene early in the film occurs when Fredric March is following his estranged wife (Frances Dee) in the market place, saying farewell to her as he walks behind her. She is unable to turn or respond to him in any way as she is under surveillance and this might lead to his arrest. Dee's face in this sequence is astonishing to watch - a great moment in cinema.
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