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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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Taut drama with fine performances - vastly underrated. See more (8 total) »


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


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Taut drama with fine performances - vastly underrated., 14 March 2001

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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