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11 March 1944 (USA) See more »
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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  (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)

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)
Don Siegel .... special effects (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... special effects (uncredited)
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
Sterling Campbell .... military advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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109 min | France:75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #9359)

Did You Know?

The plane shown attacking the freighter is an accurate model of a Focke-Wulf 200 (except for the fact that it was shown to have a bomb bay, which it didn't have), a bomber developed from a airliner.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Paula mentions that Matrac had wanted to go to do stories in South America, Matrac agrees and mentions Guatamala and Peru. Guatamala is in Central America.See more »
Captain Freycinet:My comrades, I can think of no more fitting last words for our friend than those which he himself wrote as his last words and wasn't able to deliver. "My dear son, today you are 5 years old and your father has never seen you. But someday, in a better world...See more »
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Referenced in Grim Fandango (1998) (VG)See more »
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Bogart maintained an opposing balance of virtue and vice…, 10 April 2005

Wartime heroics never seemed exploited in quite so complex a fashion as "Passage to Marseille," directed by Michael Curtiz…

Bogart, a French journalist framed for murder because of his political views and sent to Devil's Island during World War II, escapes from his penal hell with four other convicts and winds up on a French freighter bound for home… Hoping to rejoin the fighting Free French resistance movement, the men, all fiercely loyal patriots, become involved in preventing a takeover of the ship by Fascist sympathizers…

This relatively simple plot line is then surrounded by a series of extraneous plots and subplots which were related in a series of single, double, and even triple flashbacks, making any semblance of coherency virtually impossible…

Bogart's characterization is equally vague and complicated as he maintained an opposing balance of virtue and vice… At one moment he is the picture of idealistic moral righteousness fighting against a callous system, and the next he debased his human nature as he brutally machine-guns some defenseless enemies… His moral platitudes do not balance his immoral behavior, making for ambiguity and confusion...

The most important saving grace of "Passage to Marseille" is the supporting cast headed by Bogart's "Casablanca" co-stars Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre, who all turned in strong character portrayals…

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