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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)
Nora Bush ... Townswoman (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Razeau (uncredited)

Pedro de Cordoba ... Executioner (uncredited)
Fred Cordova ... Execution Guard (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ... Detective with Commissioner (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Restaurant Patron (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)

George Hoagland ... Execution Guard (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

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102 min | West Germany:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #9760) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good propaganda film, 15 May 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Errol Flynn is headed for "Uncertain Glory" in this 1944 film also starring Paul Lukas, Faye Emerson, Lucille Watson, Sheldon Leonard, and Jean Sullivan. The premise is similar to 1943's "Hangmen Also Die!" in one way - the Nazis have taken hostages who will die unless a saboteur is found. In this case, it's the saboteur who blew up a French bridge and killed Germans. Nazis have taken many men as hostages from a small nearby village. Parallel to this, an Inspector Bonet (Lukas) has finally tracked down a fugitive convicted of murder, Jean Picard (Flynn) who has slipped through France's fingers time and time again - the last time, just as he was about to get the guillotine, the site was bombed, and he escaped. A friend (Leonard) puts Bonet on his trail, and he's eventually caught. En route to another bout with the guillotine, Picard suggests that he'd rather die by firing squad - can't the Inspector say he is the saboteur, save the 100 men, and Picard can still meet his death? After some thought, Bonet agrees. Giving out a report of Picard's death, the name Dupont is given to Picard, someone on whom the Nazis cannot check. The real saboteur, whom they help escape, gives them the critical details - one especially important one - to tell the Nazis.

Raoul Walsh directed this film, which is sluggish at times and obviously just cranked out by Warners - probably one of those ones where Jack Warner whined to Walsh, you have to direct this movie for me. Walsh: Who's in it? Warner: Oh, I don't know. Just do it. According to Walsh, this type of thing went on all the time. It's actually a good story that with a little more in the way of production values could have been excellent.

Paul Lukas is wonderful as a gruff, honest inspector whose patriotism overcomes his honesty and who has bonded with this criminal in spite of himself even though he doesn't trust him and doesn't like him. Flynn does very well in his part - despite Jean's earnest sincerity, you know he wants nothing more than to get away from Bonet as soon as possible, and this whole thing is an elaborate ploy. But he has Bonet half-believing him. Lucille Watson plays a tough woman whose son is one of the hostages and who goes against the village priest to frame someone as the saboteur so her son can be freed.

One of the comments on this site complained about the French people speaking English. I repeat the theatrical rule: when citizens of a country are depicted in their country in a film or play, they would be speaking their own language, not English with a French accent. Therefore, no accent is necessary, Lucille Watson in this movie being the purest example of this. Flynn and Lucas have accents, of course - one just has to pretend they came from different parts of France.

All in all, the two stars make the film worthwhile.

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