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Hotel Reserve (1944)

Approved | | Thriller | 28 June 1946 (USA)
A hunt for a spy, in an hotel in the South of France just before World War Two.

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, (as Max Greene) | 1 more credit »

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(adapted from the novel "Epitaph for a Spy" by), (adaptation)
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Peter Vadassy
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Mme Suzanne Koch
Raymond Lovell ...
Robert Duclos
Julien Mitchell ...
Michel Beghin, intelligence chief
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Andre Roux
Martin Miller ...
Walter Vogel
Clare Hamilton ...
Mary Skelton
Frederick Valk ...
Emil Schimler, alias Paul Heimberger
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Odette Roux
Anthony Shaw ...
Major Anthony Chandon-Hartley
Laurence Hanray ...
Police Commissioner (as Lawrence Hanray)
David Ward ...
Henri Asticot
Valentine Dyall ...
Warren Skelton
Joseph Almas ...
Albert, the waiter (as Josef Almas)
Patricia Hayes ...
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An Austrian medical student living and working in France is hauled in by the police while on holiday in the south of the country. Accused of espionage he is sent back to his hotel to find out who might really be the spy. Not only his freedom but his chance of becoming a French citizen rests on what he can uncover, Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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28 June 1946 (USA)  »

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Epitaph for a Spy  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The camera that Peter Vadassy uses is a Zeiss Ikon Contax. See more »

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When Vadassy's film is examined in the viewer, positive images are seen, although they are referred to several times as negatives. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: A holiday...in France...before the war...yet even then the plane-trees and cypresses of the South cast shadows in the sun.

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Alfred or no Alfred, still very much worth seeing
7 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Hotel Reserve", a spy movie from the '40s, is thoroughly enjoyable, though it does have its faults.

The story deals with a vacationing medical student (a very young and good-looking James Mason) who is mistaken for an enemy spy by the French police. Realizing he is innocent, the police department send him back to his hotel with the mission of finding out which of the guests is really the spy.

Though a good film, the supporting cast is weak. Mr Mason is at his usual elegant standard, and I must say that I love the guy playing Duclos, but many of the other parts could have been better filled. I agree that it would have been interesting to see what Hitch would have done with it, but Alfred or no Alfred, "Hotel Reserve" is still very much worth seeing.


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