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Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and ... See full summary »

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Tony Fraser
Jack Warner ...
Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey ...
Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury ...
Etienne Szabo
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Jacques
Anne Leon ...
Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler ...
Potter
Avice Landone ...
Vera Atkins
Nicole Stéphane ...
Denise Bloch (as Nicole Stephane)
Noel Willman ...
Interrogator
Bill Owen ...
N.C.O. Instructor
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Winnie
William Mervyn ...
Colonel Buckmaster
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Coding Expert
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Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and takes him back for the family Bastille day celebrations. They fall in love, marry and have a baby girl when Violette Szabo receives the dreaded telegram informing her of his death in North Africa. Shortly afterwards, Violette is approached to join the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Should she stay and look after her baby or "do her duty" ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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20 June 1958 (Ireland)  »

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Aftoi pou nikisan ton thanato  »

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The London Transport, double-decker bus was borrowed from the London Transport museum and fitted with "anti-blast" netting on the windows and "blackout" covers on the headlamps. It was driven by John Kirkup who worked as a fitter for London Transport. See more »

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Violette meets Etienne on a Saturday Bastille Day (14th July). The opening credits establish that the year in 1940: that date was actually a Sunday that year. See more »

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The Very Thought Of You
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6 August 1998 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This wonderful film is based quite closely on the real life exploits of a young girl born in London to an English father and a French mother.

Called upon at a time of national peril, she "did her duty".

The code-poem used in the film was the real code poem used by Violette Szabo while she was sending messages back from occupied France. The poem was written by 'Leo Marks' (qv) who was a cryptographer for SOE and often used poems like this for agents to use.

The life that I have is all that I have, The life that I have is yours.

The love that I have of the life that I have Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have, A rest I shall have Yet death will be but a pause.

For the peace of my years In the long green grass Will be yours and yours and yours


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