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Uncertain Glory (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 22 April 1944 (USA)
After a career criminal is recaptured and knows he faces the guillotine, he offers to exchange his life for 100 hostages slated for execution by the Nazis.

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Jean Picard / Emil DuPont
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Henri Duval
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During WWII, in France, Jean Picard is a criminal who is about to be executed via the guillotine, but an air raid interrupts it and allows him to escape. Inspector Bonet tracks him down and brings him back. But along the way, they hear that a railway bridge vital to the Germans has been destroyed, supposedly by allied agents. The Germans take 100 Frenchmen and are threatening to execute them unless the saboteurs come forward. Picard who would rather die at the hands of the firing squad as oppose to the guillotine, offers to go to the Germans and say that he is the saboteur. Bonet accepts and so they go the village near where the bridge was to learn all that they can so that Picard can convince the Germans that he is the saboteur. While there Picard, a womanizer, meets a young woman and falls in love with her. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Errol Flynn was criticized for playing heroes in World War II movies. Tony Thomas in his book 'Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was' states that Flynn had tried to enlist in every branch of any armed services he could but was rejected as unfit for service on the grounds of his health. Flynn had a heart condition, tuberculosis, malaria and a back problem. Flynn felt he could contribute to America's war effort by appearing in such films as Edge of Darkness (1943); Northern Pursuit (1943); Dive Bomber (1941), Objective, Burma! (1945), and Uncertain Glory (1944). Reportedly, Flynn was at his most professional and co-operative he ever was whilst working on Second World War movies. The studios apparently did not diffuse the criticism of Flynn's state-of-health as they wished to keep it quiet for fear of his box-office draw waning. See more »

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2 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jean (Errol Flynn) is about to be executed when the prison is bombed and he escapes. He goes to his friend Henri (Sheldon Leonard) to provide him with money and papers before continuing his journey. He also meets Henri's girlfriend, Louise (Faye Emerson) and guess what.....it's "In like Flynn". Louise follows him on his journey but he is caught by Inspector Bonet (Paul Lukas) who has been his nemesis for 15 years. On the way back to his execution. Jean strikes up a deal with Bonet. He will hand himself in as a saboteur to the Gestapo thus saving the lives of 100 French civilian hostages in return for 3 days of freedom. The film follows Jean and Bonet over these 3 days and we wait for Jean to make his escape at the appropriate moment.....

The film starts out with Jean and Bonet having nothing but contempt for each other. Bonet says that he is glad that Jean is going to the guillotine, while Jean insults Bonet verbally and spits in his direction. By the end of the film, these characters have a new respect for each other. The film is almost a buddy-buddy movie with several humorous scenes that bond these two characters more and more closely. There are also touching scenes where we see that these two adversaries really do care for each other.

The cast are all good except for the love interest Marianne (Jean Sullivan). Jean meets her and it's "In like Flynn" once more. However, she is too insipid and wet for him but she does make him change his outlook on life while they are on the run together. I guess Flynn just couldn't stand the thought of being with her for the rest of his life. I like this film - Flynn has some funny moments and Lukas is a warm character.


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