The outdoor scenes were shot in 1939 then interrupted because of the war. The shooting only resumed in January 1940 with Maurice Escande replacing Erich von Stroheim who had then fled to the US. See more »
The luxury liner "Normandie" is to sail across the Atlantic ocean .Destination New York.And I mean luxury:they have a nice swimming-pool I'd love to dive in.
The passengers:the who's who of the French cinema of the forties:Gaby Morlay,Michel Simon,Claude Dauphin,Jules Berry....Like in the disaster movies ,there are many subplots most of them independent.The difference is that there is NO disaster ;do not expect a wreckage:the "Normandie" is not another "Titanic" .
Some of the subplots:
1)A detective (Simon) is in charge of an invaluable diamond ;well,diamonds may be a girl's best friend,but this precious stone story is not the best thing in the movie.Disappointing ending .
2)A man travels with his missus and his secretary who is also his mistress.Against all odds ,the two women become good friends.A menage à Trois well before Truffaut's "Jules and Jim".
3)A poor journalist wants to meet again a girl he 's known in France.But he discovers she is a rich girl and the papa says no to the union .One evening ,dad disappears.What do you suppose that means?Unlike the diamond stuff,the ending of this plot is a bit unexpected and makes sense.
What the movie lacks is unity and a great writer.One can only wonder what Julien Duvivier and Henri Jeanson would have done with this subject.
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