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Arch of Triumph -- On the eve of World War II, with Paris full of refugees who have fled Nazi Germany, an Austrian doctor looking for a Gestapo agent falls in love with a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death.


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March 1948 (USA) See more »
The story of an outcast and a killer!
Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Bergman ... Joan Madou

Charles Boyer ... Dr. Ravic

Charles Laughton ... Ivon Haake

Louis Calhern ... 'Col.' Boris Morosov

Ruth Warrick ... Kate Bergstroem
Roman Bohnen ... Dr. Veber
J. Edward Bromberg ... Hotel Manager at the Verdun
Ruth Nelson ... Madame Fessier
Stephen Bekassy ... Alex
Curt Bois ... Tattooed Waiter
Art Smith ... Inspector

Michael Romanoff ... Capt. Alidze
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Jean Andrew ... (uncredited)
Sylvia Andrew ... Milan Charwoman (uncredited)
Frank Arnold ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Cashier (uncredited)
George Balooi ... Scheherazade's Waiter (uncredited)
Griff Barnett ... Fernand (uncredited)
Richard Bartell ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Claude Bayard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Carmen Beretta ... Woman Injured by Crane (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Albert (uncredited)
Helen Boyce ... German Woman (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Sybil (uncredited)

Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Scheherazade's Chef (uncredited)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Boris Chmara ... Scheherazade's Chef (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Drunk (uncredited)

William Conrad ... Policeman at Accident (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Sommelier (uncredited)

Franco Corsaro ... Lt. Navarro (uncredited)
Robert Culler ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Davis ... Alois (uncredited)
Walter DeCardo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Vladimir Dubinsky ... Scheherazade's Waiter (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Worker (uncredited)
Fernanda Eliscu ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Katherine Emery ... Grim Nurse (uncredited)
Joe Espitallier ... Workman (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Gambling House Patron (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Gambler at Roulette Table (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Policeman at Accident (uncredited)
Jay Gilpin ... Refugee Boy (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Albert (uncredited)
Carl Hanson ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Gambling House Patron (uncredited)
Beba Holzer ... Casino Player (uncredited)
Willy Kaufman ... Rappaport (uncredited)
Ilia Khmara ... Russian Singer (uncredited)
John Laurenz ... Col. Gómez (uncredited)
Joe LeBlanc ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Hans Carl Ludwig ... Ladzlo (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Fee Malten ... (uncredited)
Joseph Marievsky ... Scheherazade's Waiter (uncredited)

Paul Marion ... Anesthetist (uncredited)
Patricia Marlowe ... Scrub Nurse (uncredited)
Andre Marsaudon ... Roulette Croupier (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Waiter (uncredited)
Anthony Natale ... Milan Porter (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ... Policeman (uncredited)

Marie Osborne ... Extra (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Bartender (uncredited)
Paule Pascal ... Refugee Mother (uncredited)

Nino Pipitone ... General's Aide (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Man at Party / Man in Line (uncredited)
Marie Rabasse ... Bistro Owner's Wife (uncredited)
Emil Rameau ... Mr. Schultz (uncredited)
Vladimir Rashevsky ... Nugent (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgway ... Girl at Sidewalk Cafe (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Scheherazade's Waiter (uncredited)
George Root ... Waiter (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
William Roy ... Chasseur (uncredited)

Irene Ryan ... Irate Wife (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Hotel Waiter at the Verdun (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Capt. Gonzales (uncredited)
Peter Seal ... Scheherazade's Waiter (uncredited)
Muni Seroff ... Krings (uncredited)
Gwynne Shipman ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sundar Singh ... Rug Peddler (uncredited)
Kalu K. Sonkur ... Rug Peddler (uncredited)
Bob Stebbins ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Gambling House Extra (uncredited)
Helga Storme ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Hal Stout ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tony Taurent ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joyce Tucker ... Bistro Waitress (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Bistro Owner (uncredited)
Jacques Villon ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Vladislaus Polyanski (uncredited)
Fay Wall ... Clarisse (uncredited)
Joe Warfield ... Fouquet's Waiter (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Mrs. Green (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Eugenie (uncredited)
Lilo Yarson ... Alvarez (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
Writing credits
Lewis Milestone (screenplay) and
Harry Brown (screenplay)

Erich Maria Remarque (from the novel by serialized in Collier's magazine)

Irwin Shaw  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Klement .... associate producer
David Lewis .... producer
Charles Einfeld .... executive producer (uncredited)
David L. Loew .... executive producer (uncredited)
Joseph Henry Steele .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Louis Gruenberg 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Duncan Mansfield 
Casting by
Billy Selwyn (uncredited)
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
Art Direction by
William Flannery  (as William E. Flannery)
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
Costume Design by
Marion Herwood Keyes (wardrobe designed by)
William Cannell (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup supervisor (as Gustaf M. Norin)
George Bruce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Lashin .... hair stylist: Miss Bergman (uncredited)
Ann Locker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph C. Gilpin .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
Nate Watt .... second unit director
Georges Lampin .... assistant director: European sequence (uncredited)
Albert Van Schmul .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Al Westen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert H. Moreland .... special scenic effects (as Robert M. Moreland)
Buddy Betzholdt .... paint foreman (uncredited)
William Garrett .... draper (uncredited)
Charles Gay .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Mike Gordon .... prop foreman (uncredited)
Archie Hall .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Al Hersh .... prop foreman (uncredited)
Louis Hoenig .... greensman (uncredited)
Howard E. Johnson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Dave Katzman .... location props (uncredited)
Ernie McCarty .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Roger McDonald .... illustrator (uncredited)
John Orlando .... prop foreman (uncredited)
Albert M. Pyke .... chief draftsman (uncredited)
James Trepeck .... prop foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound engineer
Earl Crain Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
John K. Kean .... sound recordist (uncredited)
William Mills .... cable person (uncredited)
W.C. Smith .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Hopper .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... process department
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Dabke .... company grip (uncredited)
Walter Dalton .... company grip (uncredited)
Durward Graybill .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ledge Haddow .... focus puller (uncredited)
C.K. Hancock .... gaffer: stills (uncredited)
John Leeds .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Merry .... best boy (uncredited)
George Neff .... gaffer (uncredited)
John L. Russell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Sattler .... grip: stills (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... chief still photographer (uncredited)
Walter Young .... company grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Canterbury .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Jasper Russel .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumes designer: for Miss Bergman
Brent Brentford .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Thelma Courtmarsh .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ned Lambert .... wardrobe manager (uncredited)
Paul McCardle .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Nan Tate .... seamstress (uncredited)
Ruth Woods .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Martha Dresback .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Eleanor Harrison .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Rudolph Polk .... musical director
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Ilia Khmara .... coach: gypsy folk music for Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Russell .... transportation manager (uncredited)
Other crew
Michel Bernheim .... technical advisor
Serge Bertensson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Bob Blowitz .... publicity director (uncredited)
Raphael Bretton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Forrest Damewood .... first aid (uncredited)
Forrest Damewood .... technical advisor: medical scenes (uncredited)
Lida Dolan .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Evelyn Earle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harry S. Franklin .... assistant to second unit director (uncredited)
Rochelle Friedburg .... production secretary (uncredited)
Loretta Jones .... payroll clerk (uncredited)
Georges Kessel .... advisor: French scenes (uncredited)
Norman Lloyd .... production assistant (uncredited)
Simon R. Mitchneck .... dialogue coach: Charles Boyer (uncredited)
Hal Plante .... watchman (uncredited)
Ruth Roberts .... dialogue coach: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
Dario Sabatello .... advisor: Ingrid Bergman's Italian in death sequence (uncredited)
Dario Sabatello .... publicist: foreign (uncredited)
John Strauss .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Erich Maria Remarque's Arch of Triumph" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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120 min | USA:133 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1998) (2012) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12342)

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Irwin Shaw spent five months writing a screenplay, but then quit when director Lewis Milestone wanted him to add a love story. Milestone rewrote the script, which was preferred by the studio and Ingrid Bergman.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Meandering but moving and moody, 18 January 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Arch of Triumph (1948)

Wow, what a difficult movie to assess, but not a difficult one to enjoy. On the one hand, it is dripping with mood and anxiety. It is about budding love and broken hearts. There is political intrigue and and incipient Nazi invasion. And it's France, Paris, center of the end of the great century of European art and culture, from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s.

On the other hand, it seems amorphous and vague.

Director Lewis Milestone makes this 1938 Paris gloomier than Sherlock Holmes's London--the rain, the darkness, the general lack of hope is part of the great drama lurking behind every scene. Charles Boyer is the main character, a refugee of uncertain origin, and the mysterious woman with both rich and poor friends and an equally uncertain origin is played in usual melodrama by Ingrid Bergman. They have no chemistry, for sure, but that just makes their love affair mysterious as well. In fact, the whole movie is about what we don't know, and can't know by watching.

This could be frustrating for some viewers, this lack of intention, and frankly lack of clear plot. But if you can just inhabit this world, enjoying a highly polished mise-en-scene (so polished it shows its Hollywood sound stage roots, at times, though darkly, darkly), if you can just soak it up and not worry, all will be well. It's a beautiful beautiful movie on those terms, photographer Russell Meety is doing that 1940s high contrast photography to perfection. Watch how often he shoots through windows, including the great phone booth shot (repeated ten minutes later) where the accident happens in the background.

The story here is based on a 1945 novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque, and Milestone directed the legendary "All Quiet on the Western Front" two decades earlier, also based on a Remarque novel. In both cases, there is an intensity of humanity against the larger military chaos and cruelty that seems so indifferent to them. The book here was actually published in English first as "The Arch of Triumph," and was a huge bestseller before going to a German version.

I don't think it's an accident that the pre-war angst here is an echo of "Casablanca," which by now (five years later) was already legendary. Bergman, of course, is carried over (though she had just finished filming "Notorious" for Hitchcock, if you want to follow her career). And Boyer is a better version of Henried (better as an actor). For more colorful secondary characters, you'll find the incomparable Louis Calhern (with a surprisingly effective accent) and Charles Laughton (whose accent is wobbly).

This was originally a more gut wrenching four hour film, and I think it might have made more logical sense at that length, but I can see it would have been too long by far. Watch what we have and just take it in for what it is. I enjoyed it on that level very very much.

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