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13 Rue Madeleine (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1946 (UK)
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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Rex Harrison turned down the lead role in 13 Rue Madeleine (1946). See more »

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The file on William O'Connell, the Nazi spy Kuncel (Richard Conte) hiding in an OSS-like unit, lists his birthday as July 13, 1914, and his age as 32, pushing the action of the movie to the summer of 1946 at the earliest - but the story is set in the months before D-Day, the spring of 1944, and Kuncel-O'Connell would have to be under 30. See more »

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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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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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Great Movie of Espionage, War and Action
12 June 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the American government recruits several agents for the Secret Service, to be trained by the experienced veteran of World War I Robert Emmett Sharkey (James Cagney). However Bob is advised that among the men and women called O-77 there is a German double-agent, infiltrated to discover the date and location of the Allied Front in Europe. He discovers the identity of the spy, but he feeds him with false information to misguide the Germans. However, he suspects, escapes and kills one agent that was assigned to kidnap an important collaborationist in France in a dangerous mission. Without time to prepare another rookie, Bob decides to travel to Le Havre to accomplish the assignment and kill the German agent if possible.

Despite being dated, excessively patriotic and naive in 2009 and the narrative like a documentary in the beginning, "13 Rue Madeleine" is a great movie of espionage, war and action. James Cagney and Richard Conte have wonderful roles and performances. There are flaws, like for example the easy way that Jeff Lassiter and Bill O'Connell breach the security system of the shipyard and lure the agent, but in the end this feature is a great entertainment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Rua 13 Madeleine" ("Madeleine 13 Street")


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