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Director:
Writers:
László Vadnay (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 April 1944 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Jean Picard / Emil DuPont

Paul Lukas ... Inspector Marcel Bonet
Lucile Watson ... Mme. Maret
Faye Emerson ... Louise
James Flavin ... Captain of Mobile Guard

Douglass Dumbrille ... Police Commissioner LaFarge (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Dennis Hoey ... Father Le Clerc

Sheldon Leonard ... Henri Duval
Odette Myrtil ... Mme. Bonet
Francis Pierlot ... Father La Borde - Prison Priest

Jean Sullivan ... Marianne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Per Aabel ... (uncredited)
Felix Basch ... Gestapo Major (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... German Soldier Reporting to Major (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Razeau (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Executioner (uncredited)
Fred Cordova ... Execution Guard (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ... Detective with Commissioner (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Prison Turnkey (uncredited)
Fernanda Eliscu ... Middle-Aged Woman at Meeting (uncredited)
Robert Fischer ... Station Master (uncredited)
Joel Friedkin ... Brenoir - Veterinary Doctor (uncredited)
Michael Gaddis ... Prison Barber (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Prison Secretary (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Villager (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Latour (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Member of Mobile Guard (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Bonet's Maid (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Execution Guard (uncredited)
George Meader ... French Doctor (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ... German Officer with Major (uncredited)
Alfred Paix ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Train Guard (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Drover (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Mary Servoss ... Drover's Wife (uncredited)
Art Smith ... Warden (uncredited)
Zina Torchina ... Peasant Girl Getting Innkeeper (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Joyce Tucker ... Michele Bonet (uncredited)
Albert Van Antwerp ... Vitrac (uncredited)
Bobby Walberg ... Gaston Bonet (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
László Vadnay (screenplay) (as Laszlo Vadnay) and
Max Brand (screenplay)

Joe May (original story) and
László Vadnay (original story) (as Laszlo Vadnay)

Produced by
Robert Buckner .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Errol Flynn .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford  (as Walter Tilford)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James McMahon .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Jerome Moross .... orchestral arrangements
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Coze .... technical advisor
James Vincent .... dialogue director
Jack L. Warner .... presenter
Bob Fender .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min | West Germany:88 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Jean Picard:[to Bonet] I suppose there's a time when any man, even a man like me, can find something... something bigger than himself for which he is willing to die without question, almost... almost happily.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Plaisir D'AmourSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sharply defined, good moral dilemma, well done!, 3 June 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Uncertain Glory (1944)

A rather good war drama, a bit pre-packaged but very well done, as pretty much all Warner Bros films were from this era. Errol Flynn was at a point in his career when he wanted to become a "leading man" in the broader sense, not just a sword-fighting (and handsome) daredevil.

Key to the movie is the quasi-propaganda quality of the movie, set and made during World War II. That's not a bad thing—it's not government propaganda at all, but simply rooting for the good guys, and putting the French (our allies) in a good light (which they deserve).

The plot twist is simple and comes out early, so this gives nothing away—Flynn is a petty criminal who killed someone in a moment of panic, almost by accident, and he's about to have his head chopped off. But then an opportunity (dramatically and beautifully done) suggests a different way to die: for the Cause. The question is whether he can follow through, or whether he'll follow his new romantic (and idealized) love interest to a free new life.

It's all rather good even if contained in movie expectations. The police detective who is guarding and helping Flynn's character is a stalwart of the period, Paul Lukas, and he adds a needed level of gravity and even complexity to the interactions. Flynn is a cheerful presence—very American (even though he's from Tasmania!)—but he often responds rather than leads his scenes. The third lead is the woman, played with wonderful honesty by Faye Emerson.

Part of enjoying these WWII movies is knowing their context, and getting how the audience was wild for a sense of the war, of knowing who was winning, and of sensing how the scene worked, what the French were really like, what the chances were for a soldier caught up in it all. Their brother, their son. And that's kind of what this movie is about, showing heroism, and goodness, and how the war is a just cause and the Nazis are truly horrible (they were). Flynn does what he needs to do here, and if there is artifice and some lack of total believability, that's almost necessary so that a safe distance and cushion is in place.

Not an essential movie, but a really good one, especially if you already like this kind of film and this era.

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