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Against the Wind (1948)

 -  Action | War | Drama  -  26 June 1949 (USA)
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British agents engage in hazardous duty behind German lines.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Phillip Elliott
Michèle Dennis
Jack Warner ...
Max Cronk
Johnny Duncan
Paul Dupuis ...
Jacques Picquart
Gisèle Préville ...
John Slater ...
Emile Meyer
Peter Illing ...
Sybille Binder ...
Florence Malou
Hélène Hansen ...
Marie Berlot
Gilbert Davis ...
Andrew Blackett ...
Arthur Lawrence ...
Captain Verreker
Eugene Deckers ...
Marcel Van Hecke


Philip Elliot, refugee Belgian priest, reports to a secret school in London for spies and saboteurs behind German lines. After training, he and two others parachute into Belgium to help destroy a records office. This mission leads to German capture of an important resistance leader; four more agents (Emile, Max, Scotty, and Michele) go in on a rescue mission. But one of them is a traitor; and other things go wrong... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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parachute | belgium | spy | traitor | 1940s | See more »


They played macabre jokes - lively but deadly.


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26 June 1949 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The title of the film is taken from a quote from 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron- "Yet, Freedom! Yet thy banner torn, but flying, streams like the thunder-storm against the wind" (Canto iv, Stanza 98). See more »


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Arranged by Ernest Irving
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AGAINST THE WIND (Charles Crichton, 1948) ***
3 March 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This unusual but typically low-key product from Ealing Studios (best-known for a series of classic comedies made between 1946-1955) is a semi-documentary depiction of the saboteur training undergone by a band of hand-picked civilians and their subsequent missions behind enemy lines; therefore, in both theme and quality, it anticipates the later, more acclaimed Hollywood offering DECISION BEFORE DAWN (1951) which, incidentally, I just caught up with a couple of weeks ago. The cast is mostly made up of the usual familiar British faces (James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson, Jack Warner, Robert Beatty, etc.) but 2 major roles are, very effectively, portrayed respectively by French and Canadian actors: Simone Signoret (appearing in her first English-speaking film when on the verge of attaining stardom on her home ground) and Paul Dupuis. Being in this company, there cannot fail to be lighter moments – especially during an early sequence where our heroes are being shown the tools of their trade i.e. booby-trapped dead rats, manure and even sausages! – among the continuous perils and occasional tragedies they have to face away from home (including being forced to cold-bloodedly execute a compromised companion and swallow the omnipresent suicide pill to escape torture at the enemy's hands).

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