5.5/10
1,220
15 user 9 critic

Aventure malgache (1944)

Trailer
2:12 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

While preparing backstage, an actor tells his castmates about an adventure he had during World War II in the Axis-controlled French colony of Madagascar working for the Resistance and clashing with the collaborationist local police chief.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bon Voyage (1944)
Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young Scottish RAF gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from occupied territory, and in particular one person who may or may not have been a German agent.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: John Blythe
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Ivor Novello, Ben Webster, Norman McKinnel
Number 17 (1932)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart
The Skin Game (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker
Easy Virtue (1928)
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A recently divorced woman hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams
The Manxman (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Anny Ondra, Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont
The Ring I (1927)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American book salesman (Lloyd) is persuaded to go to the kingdom of Thermosa to impersonate the Prince. He is greeted by a peasants' revolt before the real prince shows up to claim his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, 'Snub' Pollard
Murder! (1930)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Bonifas ...
Michel - Chef de la Sureté (as The Molière Players)
Paul Clarus ...
Clarousse (as The Molière Players)
Jean Dattas ...
Man behind Michel, reading a telegram (as The Molière Players)
Andre Frere ...
Pierrot (as The Molière Players)
Paulette Preney ...
Yvonne (as The Molière Players)
Edit

Storyline

The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the Resistance. He then relates the adventure that he had in the Resistance, running an illegal radio station and dodging the Nazis. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1944 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Madagascar Landing  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock did not make his customary cameo appearance in Aventure malgache (1944) nor did he in his other short propaganda war film Bon Voyage (1944). See more »

Goofs

When Michel picks up the bottle labeled "Vichy", he is holding it in the middle but in the close-up, he is holding it around the neck. See more »

Quotes

Clarousse: Bastard! Stool pigeon! Filthy spy!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hitchcock does French Propaganda
2 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During World War II, Alfred Hitchock made a couple of relatively short propaganda movies for the people of France and their colonies, which, at the time, included a large portion of Africa. A map early in the film shows how much of Africa was under French control during the war. In 1944, much of France had been occupied by the Nazis for about 4 years and prior to D- Day, it looked to many that France could be occupied for quite some time. People needed something to keep their hopes alive and this was one of Hitchcock's attempts. However, this wasn't released during the war and no one really knows if this might have any effect on the moral of the French speaking world or not.

This and "Bon Voyage" were made using French writers, actors, technicians in wartime England. "Aventure malgache"is based on a true story that happened in Madagascar, a former French colony.

The story starts off with members of a French acting troupe performing in London with one actor (Paul Bonifas) trying to figure out how to play the role of a gangster. His resemblance to the police chief in Madagascar, a Nazi appeaser, is noted by another actor (Paul Clarus) and the bulk of the movie is the story of how the French colonists managed to survive with a corrupt police chief while still getting some people off of the island and broadcasting resistance radio services.

This isn't a typical Hitchcock movie and that could account for some of the lower reviews. In watching this, I try to imagine myself as a member of the target audience - one who is hoping to get out from under the tyranny of Nazi rule and to know that there are people in the rest of the world who haven't given up freeing my people. Members of that original target audience would have been subject to arrest (or worse) just by seeing this movie. A glimmer of hope could be worth that for many people.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?