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Director:
Writers:
Casey Robinson (screenplay) and
Jack Moffitt (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 March 1944 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Compelling despite a weak structure See more (43 total) »

Cast

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Humphrey Bogart ... Jean Matrac

Claude Rains ... Capt. Freycinet

Michèle Morgan ... Paula Matrac (as Michele Morgan)
Philip Dorn ... Renault

Sydney Greenstreet ... Maj. Duval

Peter Lorre ... Marius

George Tobias ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Seaman (uncredited)
Charles Andre ... Navigator (uncredited)
Robert Appel ... Guard (uncredited)
John Bagni ... Seaman (uncredited)
Albert Baldo ... Seaman (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Carmen Beretta ... Petit's Wife (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Second Mate (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ... Prison Official (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... Bijou (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... French Sergeant (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Judge (uncredited)

Hans Conried ... Jourdain (uncredited)
Marcelle Corday ... Grocer's Wife (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Chief Guard (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Rosalie - Mayor's Wife (uncredited)
Franklin D'Amour ... Seaman (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Seaman (uncredited)
George Davis ... Jacques - Waiter (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Raoul Doulaine (uncredited)
Adrian Droeshout ... Guard (uncredited)
Diane DuBois ... Petit's Daughter (uncredited)
Demetris Emanuel ... Seaman (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Prosper - Mayor (uncredited)
Richard Flato ... Bombardier (uncredited)
Anatol Frikin ... Crazy Convict (uncredited)
Harold Gerard ... Guard (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Thug Wrecking Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Lt. Lenoir (uncredited)
Oscar Loraine ... (uncredited)
Harro Meller ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Engineer (uncredited)
Victor Metzetti ... Guard (uncredited)
Peter Miles ... Jean Matrac Jr. (uncredited)
Suzette O'Neill ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Alex Papana ... Lookout (uncredited)
Tony Paton ... Emil (uncredited)
David Powell ... English Radio Operator (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Older Guard (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Guard (uncredited)
Sylvain Robert ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
William Roy ... Mess Boy (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Cayenne Prison Colony Guard (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... First Mate (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Sailor Crewman on Boat Deck (uncredited)
Bernard Sommer ... Bombardier (uncredited)
Raymond St. Albin ... Medical Officer (uncredited)
Maurice St. Clair ... Dompierre (uncredited)
Mark Stevens ... Lt. Hastings (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Seaman (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ... Military Driver (uncredited)
Sándor Szabó ... Sergeant of the Guards (uncredited)
Louis Trevis ... Bombardier (uncredited)
Roger Valmy ... Rocroi (uncredited)
Juan Varro ... Gunner at Field (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... French Airfield Radio Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screenplay) and
Jack Moffitt (screenplay)

Charles Nordhoff (novel) and
James Norman Hall (novel)

Elick Moll  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Leah Rhodes (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eric Stacey .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects director (as Jack R. Cosgrove)
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin Du Par)
Roy Davidson .... special effects (uncredited)
Byron Haskin .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: Humphrey Bogart (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Colman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arranger
 
Other crew
Herschel Daugherty .... dialogue director
James Leicester .... montages
Sylvain Robert .... technical advisor
 
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Runtime:
109 min | France:75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #9359)

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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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Factual errors: We see the plane during bombing runs being attacked by anti-aircraft artillery and fighters at the same time. This would not happen as the fighters would stay outside the area when AAA is firing on the planes; as they would be shot down by their own guns.See more »
Quotes:
Jean Matrac:[to Paula as she is playing the piano] Funny how much more you can say with a few bars of music then a basketful of words.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Compelling despite a weak structure, 21 November 1999
Author: Jeff Chan from United States

Passage to Marseille's flashback within a flashback format is of course structurally weak, but its characters and storytelling are compelling. Most interesting is the cynical disillusionment Bogart's character experiences after his opposition newspaper confronts the French government's Nazi appeasement. His newspaper is destroyed by pro-government mobs while fascist-leaning police look on. For his trouble Bogart is falsely convicted of murder and sent to a hell-on-earth prison colony in French Guyana. Formerly the staunchest of patriots, Bogart comes to feel that the France living in his heart has finally died.

Bogart and cohorts escape with the aid of a freed prisoner who selects and compels them with a promise to return to France and fight for its freedom. The third flashback finds them adrift in the Caribbean in their river canoe where they are rescued by a French freighter bound for Marseille. Things get complicated when some passengers and crew members led by a utilitarian French Army officer played by Sydney Greenstreet attempt to seize control of the ship. The ship's captain and Claude Rains' character had plotted a course to England in defiance of their now Nazi-controlled government's orders.

As the free French loyalists retake control of the ship, a traitorous radio operator broadcasts their position which is picked up by a patrolling Nazi bomber. The prisoners' true convictions (no pun intended) are demonstrated both in retaking the ship and in fighting off the plane's attack. In leading the ship's defense, Bogart's true feelings are realized and his choice is made to once again fight for his country, this time with bombs and bullets instead of ink and paper.

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