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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 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

Alfred Hitchcock did not make his customary cameo appearance in Aventure malgache (1944) nor did he in his other short propaganda war film 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: This is Free Madagascar broadcasting to you tonight. Calling every night. Proclaim Madagascar's political and economic autonomy. Join the Allies! Listen to me, everyone - and that includes you, Michel, you filthy hypocrite, you Vichyite lackey, born of Pétain and of criminal instincts - Vichy will let the Japanese take over Madagascar as they did Indo-China. The Allies, I hope, will forestall them. When the Allies come, greet them as liberators, not as enemies. Do not obey orders from the Vichy...
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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

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Hitch's two Shorts
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Adventure Malgache (1944)

** (out of 4)

The second of two propaganda films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Three actors are getting ready for rehearsals when one of them says he doesn't know how to play the part. Another actor then tells him a story of a man he knew who was running a radio broadcast to beat the Nazis. This was a confusing mess of a film that isn't nearly as good as the previous film Bon Voyage. There's way too much dialogue and it's never clear what the director is trying to do with the material.

Bon Voyage (1944)

*** 1/2 out of 4)

One of two Alfred Hitchcock directed shorts this one dealing with an escaped POW (John Blythe) who tells his Captain how he escaped only to have his Captain drop a bombshell on him. This was a wonderful little film that was a lot better than I expected. As usual, Hitchcock manages to build up some wonderful atmosphere and the "twist" in the story is very nicely done and works without any hitches.


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