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Passage to Marseille (1944)

 -  Drama | Adventure | War  -  11 March 1944 (USA)
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Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis.

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Paula Matrac (as Michele Morgan)
Philip Dorn ...
Renault
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Maj. Duval
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Marius
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Petit
Helmut Dantine ...
Garou
John Loder ...
Manning
Victor Francen ...
Capt. Patain Malo
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Grandpere
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Chief Engineer (as Edward Ciannelli)
Corinna Mura ...
Singer
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Passagem Para Marselha  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

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 »

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When describing French Guiana to another escapee, the construction by inmates of Route Zero (the road to nowhere) in the jungle is shown with an escape attempt, where the escaping inmate is shot by a guard and left in the swamp. Immediately, an broad-snouted alligator is shown swimming toward the hapless victim who was just shot. However, there are no alligators in French Guiana, or anywhere else in South America for that matter. Alligators only exist in the southeast mainland coastal region of the USA and along the Yangtze River in China, and are easily distinguishable from crocodiles by their broad snout (whereas crocodiles have long narrow tapered snouts). The species more likely to be found in French Guiana was the caiman, a smaller relative of the American Crocodile. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Duval: Haven't you been taught to stand in the presence of officials?
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Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end
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Bogart in flashbacks - good film
28 December 2000 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Quite a good film. I didn't have any trouble following the flashback-in-a-flashback scheme. Bogart was Bogart. What can you say? Greenstreet and Lorre were good. Claude Rains was excellent. Apparently, some people are upset at this film because it isn't "Casablanca". I don't really think it tried to be. It was probably just that the actors and director liked working together, and if that sold more tickets, well, no one would complain. Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen frequently cast their films with the same actors, presumably friends (and lovers), and no one thinks twice about it.


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