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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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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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"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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Taut drama with fine performances - vastly underrated.

This is one of those forgotten gems that is worth rediscovering. Constance Bennett plays an American married to a Frenchman. Their marriage is on the rocks. When the Germans invade Paris, she and her elderly British friend, Gracie Fields, try to drive to the countryside but are stopped and turned back by the German forces. On the way they pick up and hide a young British flyer shot down behind enemy lines and manage to smuggle him out of the country. It feels good so rather than escape themselves, they set about to organize an underground organization to do the same for other Allied troops shot down behind enemy lines. Tautly and dramatically directed by Gregory Ratoff, this is a marvelous drama, impeccably acted by all concerned (Bennett also produced the film) and with an involving, constantly interesting storyline. The dramatic score deservedly earned an Oscar nom but the Screenplay deserved one as well. Look for this one - it's one of the best of the wartime films.


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