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Paris Underground (1945)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  19 October 1945 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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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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19 October 1945 (USA)  »

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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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Mediocre war heroine tale
8 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Constance Bennett produced this vehicle for herself, which was a fairly typical postwar story of Resistance heroism in Paris (no real location shooting, alas). Constance Bennett had plenty of energy but by this stage in her career she had no genuine charm. She battles her way through the part with determination, but just cannot engage the viewer. Her performance is too mannered, too exterior. Her chum Gracie Fields (in her last film role) does far better, is amusing, watchable, and engaging. A smoothie Frenchman, George Rigaud, plays Bennett's French husband, and he is very convincing at it. Young Kurt Kreuger is excellent as the Gestapo captain with whom Bennett forms an ambivalent semi-romantic friendship, while she is at the same time spiriting downed American and British airmen out of France with the aid of the Resistance. The film is not so bad one wouldn't want to watch it, but it avoids being good. Gregory Ratoff directed it, and it is not one of his finest achievements. If you are uncritical of such films, and do not expect too much, this could afford some diversion.


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