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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)
Hal 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?

One of two films starring Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet in which the title is a reference to traveling to a destination, but that destination is never reached by the characters in the film; the other film is Across the Pacific (1942).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 »
Maj. Duval:Haven't you been taught to stand in the presence of officials?
Jean Matrac:[Flatly] No.
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Someday I'll Meet You AgainSee more »


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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Bogart's character not always saintly, 26 August 2002
Author: george-102 from Germany

I think some people have been unduly unfair on this film.

There is quite a complex sequence of flashbacks. But as a matter of fact, I didn't find them at all difficult to follow. My brain only hurts when I try to work it out afterwards. Maybe it's another of those things which work better in a cinema than on TV.

There is a scene where Bogart's character commits a war crime. I think we have to remember that Bogart did not always play saintly characters. He was not exactly saintly in the "Maltese Falcon" or "Casablanca". He was even less saintly in "The Caine Mutiny". I am sure that the audience in 1944 would have been shocked by the war crime just as we are

now; even Nazi propaganda sometimes emphasised the importance of being gentlemanly to prisoners. The easy and boring option would have been for

Bogart to play the all-American (or all-French) hero throughout; I find it

more interesting that in this case he isn't. I think the circumstances to some extent explain what Bogart's character does. The fact is war crimes happen in war. They happened then, and they happen now, and the perpetrators are not as through-and-through evil (or different from us) as we would like to think.

I agree with those who say this film is not as good as "Casablanca" or the "Maltese Falcon". The plot is a lot more lumpy and uneven than those films. But I've seen those two films several times already, and I can't watch them every night. "Passage to Marseille" is worth at least one viewing. In fact I would like to see it again, if I get a chance.

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