As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy. Written by
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Did You Know?
One of the few films to employ a flashback within a flashback within a flashback. This film is often seen as an attempt to recapture the magic of Casablanca
(1942), which many of this film's key players were a part. Some "usual suspects" include director Michael Curtiz
, stars Humphrey Bogart
and Claude Rains
, supporting and bit players Peter Lorre
, Sydney Greenstreet
, Helmut Dantine
and Corinna Mura
, writer Casey Robinson
, composer Max Steiner
, producer Hal B. Wallis
and executive producer Jack L. Warner
(both films were made by Warner Bros.). Also, Michèle Morgan
was originally cast as Ilsa in "Casablanca", but her salary demand was too big, so Ingrid Bergman
was cast instead. See more
When Mattrac is pointing his fifty cal. machine gun out the waist gun window, we hear machine gun sounds, but the gun is not firing. The 50 cal. M2 machine gun produces a great deal of vibration when it is being fired. The gun did not vibrate one bit. See more
It's a fine day.
Any day that takes us closer to France is a fine day.
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end See more