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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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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)
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Mediocre war heroine tale See more (8 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 »
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Certification:
Finland:K-12 (1947) | Sweden:15 (1947) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre war heroine tale, 8 January 2009
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

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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