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This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo, she refused to identify her accomplices. Written by
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Anna Neagle spent a year with Odette Hallowes visiting the various prisons and camps where Odette was held and being introduced to other surviving SOE agents. Odette said of her, "She was absolutely into it. In fact it took one year after the end of the film to get back to normal, she was more upset by doing that film than I was reliving the experience." See more »
When Odette and Churchill meet at the police station there is a tracking shot where the camera shadow is quite noticeable. See more »
Epilogue, scrolls up the screen ... "It is with a sense of deep humility that I allow my personal story to be told. I am a very ordinary woman to whom a chance was given to see human beings at their best and at their worst. I knew kindness as well as cruelty, understanding as well as brutality. My comrades, who did far more than I and suffered far more profoundly, are not here to speak. It is to their memory that this film has been made and I would like it to be a window through which may be seen those very gallant women with whom I had the honour to serve." Odette Churchill See more »
Saga of Odette
Composed by Anthony Collins See more »
Anna Neagle was better known for this film than any of the others she has made. A story of a French mother with three young children living in Britain, who is recruited by the spy service to return to Nazi occupied France as an undercover spy. Neagle plays Odette. Her handler (Peter Churchill) in France is played by Trevor Howard and there is also a young Peter Ustinov as a message transmitter.
The initial part of the film is bland with Odette delivering and retrieving messages which has little or no tension. However once Marius Goring enters as a German officer who seems to despise the Nazis, things take an interesting turn. Odette and Churchill are captured and Odette is tortured by the Nazis which is the harrowing part of the film.
Neagle, Goring, Ustinov and Howard are all excellent but the film is let down with the less than rip roaring spy adventures at the beginning and the latter part would now deemed to be too tame, even though good use of make up is made for the months of abuse at the prison camp.
Even though Odette is starved of food you cannot help noticing that actress still looks slightly plump. Its details like this that lets the film down.
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