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Aventure malgache (1944)

Not Rated | | Short, War | June 1944 (Portugal)
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While preparing backstage, an actor tells his castmates about an adventure he had during World War II in the Axis-controlled French colony of Madagascar working for the Resistance and clashing with the collaborationist local police chief.

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Alfred Hitchcock
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Bonifas ... Michel - Chef de la Sureté (as The Molière Players)
Paul Clarus Paul Clarus ... Clarousse (as The Molière Players)
Jean Dattas Jean Dattas ... Man behind Michel, reading a telegram (as The Molière Players)
Andre Frere Andre Frere ... Pierrot (as The Molière Players)
Paulette Preney Paulette Preney ... Yvonne (as The Molière Players)
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Storyline

The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the Resistance. He then relates the adventure that he had in the Resistance, running an illegal radio station and dodging the Nazis. Written by Kathy Li

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Short | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

June 1944 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar Landing See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alfred Hitchcock did not make his customary cameo appearance in this short movie, nor did he in his other short propaganda war movie, Bon Voyage (1944). See more »

Goofs

When Michel picks up the bottle labeled "Vichy", he is holding it in the middle but in the close-up, he is holding it around the neck. See more »

Quotes

Clarousse: Bastard! Stool pigeon! Filthy spy!
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Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) See more »

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A Tidbit From Sir Alfred Hitchcock
25 December 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A corrupt Vichy police official & a wily Resistance lawyer have their own intense AVENTURE MALAGACHE during the early years of the Second World War.

Although having lived in Hollywood since 1939, famed film director Alfred Hitchcock nevertheless wanted to be involved in some way with the British war effort against the Axis. So, in 1943 he returned to London & took up the assignment to direct a couple of propaganda films aimed at the French, under the auspices of the British Ministry of Information.

The two film shorts which resulted - BON VOYAGE & AVENTURE MALAGACHE (both 1944) - did not excite the Ministry and were given only very brief exhibition, after which they languished for decades in the vaults of the British Film Institute. Hitchcock, meanwhile, his war service satisfied, returned to California.

AVENTURE MALAGACHE (Adventure in Madagascar) is basically a look at the extreme antagonism between the two principal characters, cut off, as they are, from the main action of the War due to their Indian Ocean location. Extremely fast moving, it demands unblinking attention on the part of the viewer, especially if one must needs be forced to rely on the English subtitles. The acting & production values are quite good - Hitchcock was able to call upon the services of French actors, writers & technicians exiled in Britain.


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