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Release Date:
22 April 1944 (USA) See more »
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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  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min | West Germany:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Charles La Torre (Restaurant Keeper), Adele St. Mauer (Woman on Bus), Sarah Padden (Peasant Woman on Bus), Art Miles (Bus Driver), Trevor Bardette (First Passenger on Train) and Michael Mark (Second Passenger on Train).See more »
Inspector Marcel Bonet:[to Picard] You've always had two great weaknesses: women and Bonet.See more »
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When Hollywood Remembered God And Flynn Had His Finest Hour, 28 February 2012
Author: oldblackandwhite from North Texas sticks (see all my reviews)

Uncertain Gory is a thoughtful, well-made war/intrigue thriller staring Errol Flynn and Paul Lukas. Flynn, whose acting skill was oft unfairly derided as suitable only for swashbuckling, athletic roles, could have easily let himself be overshadowed by Lukas, a high-class dominant character actor known for his acerbic, psychological portrayals. In fact Flynn seems to have been inspired by his co-star and turns in what may have been the best acting job of his career.

While Flynn usually played the dashing hero, and Lukas was often cast in sinister roles, here the roles are reversed. Lukas portrays an upright police inspector escorting scummy lifelong criminal and convicted murderer Flynn through Nazi-occupied France to face the guillotine. As the Germans are preparing to execute a hundred French hostages unless the saboteur who blew up a bridge with a German troop train on it surrenders himself, Flynn suggests he could end his misspent life with a noble gesture by claiming to be the saboteur. He would rather be executed by firing squad anyway, he avers, than face the awful prospect of beheading. Against his better judgment, the inspector agrees. The complications and suspense hereafter hinge on whether consummate conman Flynn is sincere, or is he working the con of his life -- for his life. The ensuing cat-and-mouse game between the wily criminal and the determined, suspicious policeman provides an entertaining, suspenseful story and a pair of brilliantly realized character studies by Flynn and Lukas. Along the way, the criminal picks up the help of a naive, provincial shop girl, Jean Sullivan, a pretty, lithesome flamenco dancer, brilliantly cast in her introductory movie roll. Part of the suspense turns on whether Flynn actually loves the girl or is just using her.

Director Raoul Walsh has cinematographer Sid Hickox use many closeups to catch every nuance of facial expression in constructing deeply psychological and spiritual character studies. As in all Warner Brothers pictures of this era, the marvelous supporting cast sports many familiar and expressive faces. Lucille Watson plays her usual nasty matron as the bitter, manipulative mother of one of the hostages. Faye Emerson sizzles as one of Flynn' hard-bitten molls in the early going. James Flavin, almost unrecognizable in a black mustache and an Adrian helmet, turns in his typical stolid, authoritarian presence in a typically thankless roll as a harried militia captain feverishly searching for the saboteur. But Dennis Hoy is absolutely riveting as the parish priest. He is like Moses come down from the mountain as he roundly denounces as sinful and demoniacally inspired the plans of Watson and confederates to free their loved ones by fingering and innocent man as the saboteur. He is more quietly moving as he asks his congregation to kneel and beg God's forgiveness for their sins and the sins of their country which have caused them to be delivered into the hands of the enemy they hate.

Herein is the aspect of this picture different from what one sees throughout most of the classic movie era or any other time. Characters routinely pray and invoke the help of God, and there is much philosophical talk of God. Though ridiculing and joking at the time, Flynn's decadent thief is seen to be visibly moved as he watches tough cop Lukas kneel to pray in the church they have entered to avoid the Nazis and their Vichy militia toadies. We never know what Lukas is praying for -- his family in Paris? the success of their perilous scheme? forgiveness of his sins? -- but we are moved. At least those of us who are Christians are. Likewise as the escaped Flynn watches old people praying in a farm yard for the deliverance of the hostages and his innocent girlfriend lighting a candle for the same blessing. Such scenes were seldom seen in the l930's or the later 1940's. Hollywood was happy to forget God most of the time. Most of the rest of us are, too, until we start having troubles. World War II was a time of deep, deep, dark, dark troubles for the whole world. So Hollywood, like everyone else, except perhaps the most die-hard of commies, was remembering God. As soon as the war was over, and brighter times returned, God was promptly forgotten again.

Those hoping for a rat-a-tat-tat war action movie will be disappointed by Uncertain Glory. There is little action, though much suspense. This is more of a thinking person's Errol Flynn picture. It may be too philosophical and too Christian for some, but it should be rewarding in any case for the intense, psychological character studies by Flynn, Lukas, and the sterling supporting cast. A fine moral-boosting World War II piece, and top grade Old Hollywood entertainment from "the best of times and the worst of times."

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