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Director:
Writers:
Etta Shiber (story)
Boris Ingster (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 October 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
SENSATIONAL! REVEALING! Amazing story that tears the veil of secrecy from terrors of occupied Paris!
Plot:
Among the terrified refugees jamming the roads out of Paris in 1940 are Kitty de Mornay, a rich American divorced from her French husband... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Review: 'As Above So Below' offers uneven but effective scares
 (From Hitfix. 29 August 2014, 11:55 AM, PDT)

Alice through the projector lens
 (From Den of Geek. 6 June 2010, 5:03 AM, PDT)

Fearless Femmes
 (From IFC. 16 February 2010, 12:24 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
not much of a film, really See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Constance Bennett ... Kitty de Mornay
Gracie Fields ... Emmeline Quayle
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

Richard Ryen ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans von Morhart ... German Officer
Nina Borget ... French Girl (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Patriot (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Underground Leader (uncredited)
Ray De Ravenne ... Parisian (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Officer (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... Gestapo Sergeant (uncredited)
Pete Kooy ... Gestapo Soldier (uncredited)
Reska Law ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Mover (uncredited)
Rene Mimieux ... Parisian (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ... Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Gestapo Soldier (uncredited)
Reni Revel ... French Girl (uncredited)
Georgette Rhodes ... Cashier (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... French Girl (uncredited)
Dina Smirnova ... The Marquise (uncredited)
Roland Varno ... Lieutenant Commander Stowe (uncredited)
Erich von Morhardt ... Nazi Sergeant Driver (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... Underground Leader (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Ratoff 
 
Writing credits
Etta Shiber (story)

Boris Ingster (screenplay) and
Gertrude Purcell (screenplay)

Produced by
Constance Bennett .... co-producer
Harry A. Gourfair .... executive producer
Carley Harriman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Alexander Tansman 
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Edward Cronjager (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom  (as James Newcom)
 
Production Design by
Nicolai Remisoff 
 
Art Direction by
Victor Greene 
 
Set Decoration by
Sydney Moore 
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Webb .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Drew Tetrick .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Alexander Tansman .... musical director
William A. Wilmarth .... music mixer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Finland:K-12 (1947) | Sweden:15 (1947) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in New York, New York (1977)See more »

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
not much of a film, really, 13 September 2011
Author: deschreiber from Canada

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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