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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 »

Crazy Credits

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.

It happened in August 1938 ... See more »

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Hotel for idiots
25 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A small number of people are resident at the "Hotel Reserve" which is meant to be in France but is clearly on a studio set. It is up to one of the residents, Peter Vadassy (James Mason) to find out which guest is a Nazi spy.

The cast are split into 2 groups. First of all, there are the good actors who portray interesting characters - Emil Schimler (Frederick Valk) - bad/good guy with a secret?, the female hotel owner - bad/good girl?, Andrew Roux (Herbert Lom) - bad/innocent guy? and the main police inspector - a good guy that knows more than the audience/James Mason.

Set against this are the rest of the cast who are all buffoons, especially the Major (Anthony Shaw) and the fisherman (David Ward) who play their roles for laughs and who are never funny. There is also a pointless role for a French policeman who follows Vadassey around and he plays for humour. He is also not funny...............a mention must also go to Lucie Mannheim as the romantic interest for James Mason. She is dreadful and it is criminal that she is second-billed in this film. Neither her air-time nor her acting skills merit this lofty position.

James Mason is OK and the film is a time-passer. Nothing more.


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