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Paris Underground (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 19 October 1945 (USA)
Among the terrified refugees jamming the roads out of Paris in 1940 are Kitty de Mornay, a rich American divorced from her French husband, and her companion Emmyline (Emmy) Quayle. A German... See full summary »

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Gracie Fields ...
George Rigaud ...
Andre de Mornay
Kurt Kreuger ...
Capt. Kurt von Weber
Leslie Vincent ...
Lt. William Gray
Charles Andre ...
Father Dominique
Eily Malyon ...
Madame Martin
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Undertaker
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Mons. Renard
Gregory Gaye ...
Tissier (as Gregory Gay)
Maurice Cass ...
Patriot
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...
Margot (as Adrienne d'Ambricourt)
Andrew V. McLaglen ...
Sgt. McNair (as Andrew McLaglen)
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Hans von Morhart ...
German Officer
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Among the terrified refugees jamming the roads out of Paris in 1940 are Kitty de Mornay, a rich American divorced from her French husband, and her companion Emmyline (Emmy) Quayle. A German patrol orders their car back to Paris and, en-route, they stop at an inn where they find a wounded RAF flyer, Lieutenant Gray. They hide him in the luggage compartment of their car. While attempting to repair a flat tire, they are accosted by Gestapo Captain Kurt von Webber. He drives them to Emmy's apartment. Later, with the help of Kitty's estranged husband, Andre de Mornay, a member of the FRench underground movement, Kitty and Emmy smuggle Lt. Gray out of Paris to safety. Since they now have means of getting to unoccupied France they contact a priest who is harboring many RAF fliers. Funeral processions are allowed across the border unchallenged by the German sentries, and Kitty and Emmy stage one in which their RAF men pose as mourners. Von Weber suspects the women, and he plants a spy in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SENSATIONAL! REVEALING! Amazing story that tears the veil of secrecy from terrors of occupied Paris!

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 19, 1945 with Constance Bennett reprising her film role. See more »

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good movie
10 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happen to be a fan of Constance Bennett's, and also an admirer - she was not only a fine actress and a beautiful, glamorous woman, but a crackerjack businesswoman and someone who worked hard for the war effort.

Having hit 40, Bennett was no longer in demand for leads; in fact, in Two-Faced Woman, she'd had a supporting role. "Paris Underground" is a film she produced herself in England, and it's very good. It's the story of the American wife, Kitty de Mornay (Bennett) of a Frenchman (George Rigaud) who is swept into the Resistance when she's asked to help get an English flier back to London. The work excites and intrigues her so much, she decides not to leave France and instead, continues helping fliers escape. She is assisted in this by a nervous friend (Gracie Fields).

I found this a suspenseful and interesting film, and although it wasn't shot in France, some of the sets, like the baker's, were quite good. The performances are excellent. Rigaud as Kitty's husband is suave and likable; Kurt Krueger is excellent as a German officer who takes an interest in Kitty, and Gracie Fields, in her last role, though she lived until 1979, is wonderful as Kitty's friend.

This is a little known gem, and I thought it was well done.


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