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The Beasts of Marseilles (1957)

Seven Thunders (original title)
Escaping British prisoners of war hide out in German occupied France.

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Dave
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Dr. Martout
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Jim
Anna Gaylor ...
Lise
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mme. Abou
Eugene Deckers ...
Emile Blanchard
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Therese Blanchard
Katherine Kath ...
Mme. Parfait
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Eric Triebel
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Colonel Trautman
Martin Miller ...
Heinrich Isadore Schlip
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Paul Bourdin
Marcello Pagliero ...
Salvatore (as Marcel Pagliero)
Carl Duering ...
Major Grautner
Edric Connor ...
Abou
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Escaping British prisoners of war hide out in German occupied France.

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The character and murderous career of Dr. Martout was based on fact. The real doctor, very much as depicted in the film, was a Dr. Petiot, who was tried and convicted of 26 murders, but suspected of over 100. He was executed by guillotine. See more »

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Refreshingly different wartime adventure.
7 September 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Not a stiff upper lip to be seen. Instead, French bordellos, bread sticks, wine, lust and seething emotions are on the menu as two British escapees from a German POW camp try to hide out in the occupied port city of Marseilles while waiting for a boat back to England.

I say `try' to hide out, because their presence soon becomes an open secret

  • the Germans seem to be the only ones not in on it. And with all those


friendly locals around, that's where the lust and other emotions come in – after all what's a chap to do while sitting around in a lively French city?

As well as the highly original story line, other very striking features of this movie include the superb black & white filming which lovingly captures the teeming bohemian district of Marseilles. Also one can't help being struck by the astonishingly handsome cast of relatively obscure leading actors. The two British escapees in particular could have stepped straight out of a Mr Universe competition. The better known James Robertson Justice plays only a minor but memorable role.

Just for sheer imagination, style and novelty, this movie stands out as a welcome variation on the wartime escape theme. By the way, don't switch off early because the Nazis provide a spectacular surprise ending.


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