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Writers:
Casey Robinson (screenplay) and
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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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"France Lives.......Vive La France" See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The German aircraft attacking the freighter is correct for the period with one exception. The interior views of the air gunners, they are using the wrong weapons. A 20mm mg on a swivel mount is in the forward part of the gondola. In the rear part of the gondola, a 13mm mg is mounted. The weapons shown being used are U.S. 50 cal mg.See more »
Quotes:
First Mate:The British will fight.
Chief Engineer:[Sarcastically] Yes, to the last drop of French blood.
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"France Lives.......Vive La France", 28 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In an effort to capitalize on the film that they produced that won the Best Picture Oscar the previous year, the Brothers Warner united as much of the original cast of Casablanca as they could find to tell the tale of convicts from Devil's Island returning to fight the Nazis.

Passage to Marseille might have been a better film if it been done with a straight forward narrative, or only one flashback, from the Humphrey Bogart character. As it is I counted at one point Claude Rains telling his story to newspaper reporter John Loder with a flashback by Phillip Dorn in Rains's narrative. And then in Dorn's narrative we have Bogart flashing back as well. It's a flashback within a flashback within a flashback, within a flashback. Confusing ain't it?

Our Devil's Island convicts are Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Helmut Dantine, George Tobias, and Phillip Dorn. They're picked up by a tramp freighter heading back to Marseille. World War II has already started and midpoint of the voyage, ship captain Victor Francen hears that France has fallen. He starts shifting his course to Great Britain.

Another passenger Sidney Greenstreet has other ideas. He tries a small scale coup d'etat for the Vichy regime on board and meets up with a whole lot of resistance. Greenstreet has the most interesting role in the film. An arrogant militarist, he definitely finds the Nazi dominated Europe more to his liking.

Michele Morgan is Bogart's wife and the only one in the film who is actually French among the principal players. She was a very big star of the French cinema who was lucky to get out. During the war she made films in the UK and the USA. This and Higher and Higher are probably her two best known American films.

Claude Rains is a kinder, gentler version of Captain Renaud from Casablanca. As Captain Freycinet also of the French army like Greenstreet, his politics are a whole lot different. He's an opportunist also in the best sense of the word. He sees an opportunity to deny the Nazis the ship's cargo of nickel ore and takes it. It's from his perspective that the action of the film is viewed and it is he who supplies the coda for the film which is the title for this review.

Passage to Marseille is not a bad film, but not up there with Casablanca.

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