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Joan of Paris (1942)

An RAF squadron is brought down over occupied France. The flyers get to Paris in spite of the fact that the youngest, Baby, is injured. He must be hidden and his wounds cared for. The Gestapo has already issued orders for their arrest.

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Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Charles Bennett (screenplay), Ellis St. Joseph (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michèle Morgan ... Joan (as Michele Morgan)
Paul Henreid ... Paul Lavallier
Thomas Mitchell ... Father Antoine
Laird Cregar ... Herr Funk
May Robson ... Mlle. Rosay
Alexander Granach ... Gestapo Agent
Alan Ladd ... Baby
Jack Briggs ... Robin
James Monks James Monks ... Splinter
Richard Fraser ... Geoffrey
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel ... Janitor
John Abbott ... English Spy
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Choir (as The Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
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An RAF squadron is brought down over occupied France. The flyers get to Paris in spite of the fact that the youngest, Baby, is injured. He must be hidden and his wounds cared for. The Gestapo has already issued orders for their arrest.

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TERROR MARKED THEM FOR ITS QUARRY! Striking drama of a Free-French flier, stalked by the Gestapo in today's darkened Paris...and a girl whose yearning for his arms plunges her, too, into peril! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeanne de Paris See more »

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Budget:

$666,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was RKO's most successful film of the first half of 1942. See more »

Quotes

Paul Lavallier: Do you know a place where my friends can hide?
Father Antoine: [nodding his head] I've learned many things in this parrish. I know the underworld almost as well as I do the world above.
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The film's title, and most of the credits for cast and crew, are shown as labels on a champagne bottle. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Street (1942) See more »

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Don't Let it Bother You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by a chorus in a nightclub
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World War II film set in Paris
11 January 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Paul Henried and Michele Morgan star in "Joan of Paris," a 1942 film also starring Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell and May Robson. Henried is a Frenchman wanted by the Gestapo who escapes to England and joins some British pilots. Flying into France, they are all shot down and separate. Henried, who plays Paul Lavallier, ends up hiding in the rooms of a café waitress Joan (Morgan), whose patron saint is Jeanne d'Arc. Joan and Paul fall in love, and she, with the help of a priest (Mitchell) get messages to the other pilots about plans for escape. All the while, a man trails Paul, and the Gestapo, headed up by Funk (Cregar) watches in hopes that he will lead him to the other men.

"Joan of Paris" marked the U.S. debut of Paul Henried and Michele Morgan, a lovely French actress. Henried is photographed very well and is excellent as Paul Lavallier, and Morgan plays the sweet, courageous and devoted Joan beautifully. The movie is very atmospheric; the black and white photography employs great use of shadows and darkness.

This is one of those films the studios cranked out that one doesn't hear much about, right up there with one of my personal World War II favorites, Escape - though this isn't quite as good. "Joan of Paris" has the advantage of attractive leads, great atmosphere and some marvelous performances, a standout being Laird Cregar as the suave but evil Funk. Unfortunately, Cregar would die at the age of 28, two years after this film. A huge man, a fine actor, and an out of the closet gay who wasn't afraid to bring gay overtones into a role, he was the chief villain at Twentieth Century Fox, actually scheduled to play Waldo Lydecker in "Laura." What a loss, as is obvious from this film. May Robson, in a small role, is also a standout. Alan Ladd plays one of the fighters, and instead of being a stalwart, hardboiled detective, he's allowed to act. Though his role is a small one, he makes an impression.

All in all, a wonderful film that TCM showed on Paul Henried's 100th birthday. Hopefully they will show it again.


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