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Paris Underground -- During the German occupation of World War II, an American wife in Paris, Kitty (Topper's Constance Bennett), arranges with her older friend, Emmeline (Gracie Fields), to smuggle a British soldier out of France. Rather than escape themselves, the women establish an underground network in Paris to help people fleeing from Nazi tyranny - but with danger lurking around every corner.


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Release Date:
19 October 1945 (USA) See more »
SENSATIONAL! REVEALING! Amazing story that tears the veil of secrecy from terrors of occupied Paris!
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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  (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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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 (1947) | Sweden:15 (1947) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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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Referenced in New York, New York (1977)See more »


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Solid World War II Intrigue Picture, 9 October 2012
Author: oldblackandwhite from North Texas sticks (see all my reviews)

Paris Underground (aka: Madame Pimpernell) is a solid British entry in the war/intrigue genre produced immediately after cessation of hostilities with Germany in 1945 by aging, but still glamorous, American star Constance Bennett and distributed in the United States by United Artists.

Ms. Bennett, a somewhat flighty American married to a French foreign office official, and her middle-age spinster pal Gracie Fields, while fleeing the city during the fall of Paris in 1940, find themselves by happenstance carrying a downed British aviator in the trunk of their automobile. Turned back to Paris by a German road bock, they have to take the flier back to hiding the Gracie's apartment. One of the best and most suspenseful scenes occurs when the girls have a flat with the pilot in the car's rear, and a Nazi officer stops to assist them! By hook and crook they eventually manage to smuggle the young aviator to Free France. Delighted with their success, they establish and underground railroad that eventually gets hundreds of allied airmen back to their bases. With a combination of American audacity and British pluck, these two brave and resourceful women cause the occupying Germans a big headache.

Sharply directed by Gregory Ratoff and atmospherically photographed by Lee Garmes, Paris Underground is tense, exciting, and believable. Acting by the two female leads is first rate with good support coming from Argentine actor George Rigaud as Ms. Bennett's husband, Kurt Kreuger as a suave but cruel Gestapo captain who would like to be more than friends with the ripely beautiful Ms. Bennett, and Eily Malyon as the grouchy concierge of Ms. Field's hotel. Editing is a little untidy in places, with some scenes taking too long to unfold. However, the story is never draggy, but engaging and exciting from beginning to end. Alexander Tansman's florid but stirring score, which drew an Academey Award nomination, drives the action along at a gallop.

This picture bears some resemblance to glitzier Joan Crawford vehicle Reunion In France (1942). While not up to competing head-up with that big hitter in the entertainment department, the more staid Paris Underground is somehow more believable and is an enjoyable, inspiring little potboiler in its own right for fans of the war/intrigue thriller.

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