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13 Rue Madeleine (1947)

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When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.

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Documentary-style prologue follows training of O.S.S. agents for WWII work behind enemy lines. One of the group is a German "mole;" leaders Gibson and Sharkey are aware of this and scheme to feed him false info about the invasion of Europe, while the real agents go to France to find a secret V-2 rocket depot. But the German spy outsmarts them and rejoins his people knowing too much; Bob Sharkey takes the risk of going in after him. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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spy | france | double agent | nazi | 1940s | See more »

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3 March 1947 (Sweden)  »

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Trivia

This film's director, Henry Hathaway, once said of this movie: "I stole the plot of 'The Virginian' and used it. I'd always wanted to make that story anyway." See more »

Goofs

O'Connell's identification card which he flashes at the submarine base gives his date of birth as April 4, 1910, and the date the card was issued as July 12, 1944; but the story is taking place in the months preceding D-Day, June 6, 1944. See more »

Quotes

Charles Gibson: 22 potential agents. Most of them have a foreign background. All of them can speak French. One of them can speak German.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: Mmmm-hmmm.
Charles Gibson: You got to find out who that is.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: All right.
Charles Gibson: That's not as easy as it sounds.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: Why?
Charles Gibson: Because one of the students in the group is a German agent.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: A German agent? Looks like you know.
Charles Gibson: Yeah.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: Man or woman?
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Crazy Credits

Prologue, shown printed in a book: No single story could ever pay full tribute to the accomplishments of the U.S. Army Intelligence in World War II. Working secretly behind enemy lines, in close cooperation with our Allies, its brilliant work was an acknowledged factor in the final victory. The page turns to reveal: In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field - - and, whenever possible, at the actual locations. See more »

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13 Rue Madeleine: C'est Magnifique! ****
12 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A totally marvelous film depicting the setting up of a spy organization in the U.S. during World War 11.

James Cagney shed his usual tough guy image in gangster films to portray the head of the unit. He is one tough dedicated American.

The film wonderfully captures the training that the prospective spies received. It also tells that one of them is really a German agent.

Annabella is convincing as one of the trainees who yearns for information regarding her missing husband in France.

Richard Conte is quite effective as the German spy who is cunning beyond belief. His cruelty is on par with his fabulous performance years later as Tony Bardman in "I'll Cry Tomorrow."

Though a tragic film, the film should serve to show the dedication of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War 11.


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