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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
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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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not much of a film, really
13 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I pretty much agree with the lukewarm review here entitled "Mediocre war heroine tale." This is far from a "gem," as some people would have it.

The plot keeps moving and is mildly interesting, although without finger-biting suspense. We know pretty well how each situation will turn out, the romance, the hair's-breadth escapes, and so on. As the end approaches there is a little surprise, but it's all fixed up within minutes as victory is snatched from the jaws of defeat and medals are pinned on the heroines. Ho-hum. I barely kept myself from turning off the television.

Outdoor scenes are all shot in studio and look very fake. The foggy night scene in the fields--puleeze! The music has moments when it goes over the top.

Although the movie is set in France, French characters are insignificant, while the American and English ladies are large, ultimately heroic presences. It's certainly a narrow, nationalistic vision of "Paris underground." I did find it refreshing to see a movie, especially one focused on the conflicts of war, in which the lead characters are female.

Don't get excited about seeing this. Don't set aside important time for it. But if you run into it accidentally, you probably won't think it's a total waste of time.

I believe this film was also released with the title "Madame Pimpernel."


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