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13 Rue Madeleine (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1946 (UK)
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rex Harrison turned down the lead role in 13 Rue Madeleine (1946). See more »


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 »


Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: If he isn't sold and should in any way suspect that you're on a double mission, if he does make his break and tries to follow you, you're going to shoot him.
Jeff Lassiter: Shoot him?
Jeff Lassiter: [clearly disturbed by the thought] Tha-That's rough! Tha...
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: That's war... and that's your mission!
Jeff Lassiter: Yeah.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: O'Connell can do it. Can you?
Jeff Lassiter: Yeah, I can do it.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: That's all for now.
Jeff Lassiter: Right.
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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 »


Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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One of the better World War Two Spy/counterspy movies
24 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie. The plot concerns James Cagney as an OSS Type agent (I believed that for some reason the producers of this movie could not actually reference the term OSS). Cagney is one of the chief instructors in a US spy school (all the action happens in World War Two). Cagney finds out there is a top German agent going through this school. Cagney decides to let the German agent finished the training course and let him (German agent) parachute into occupied France (so the enemy agent will give the Germans false information). All this happens shortly before D-Day. However, the operation goes sour and Cagney has to parachute in to try to save the day.

I won't comment anymore on the plot as to not spoil the movie.

Probably the best World War Two spy/counterspy movies I have seen. I rate it high marks, very high marks indeed.

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