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Candlelight in Algeria (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama , War | 30 July 1944 (USA)
An American sculptress in wartime Britain gets mixed up with a British agent and a Nazi spy who knows that a top-secret meeting of Allied military leaders will be taking place in Algeria--... See full summary »

Director:

George King

Writers:

Brock Williams (screen play), Katherine Strueby (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Alan Thurston
Carla Lehmann ... Susan Foster
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Von Alven
Enid Stamp-Taylor ... Maritza (as Enid Stamp Taylor)
Walter Rilla ... Dr. Muller
Pamela Stirling Pamela Stirling ... Yvette
Lea Seidl Lea Seidl ... Sister
Sybille Binder ... Woman (as Sybilla Binder)
Hella Kürty ... Maid (as Hella Kurty)
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... French Proprietor
Leslie Bradley ... Henri de Lange
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Toni
Cot D'Ordan Cot D'Ordan ... Hotel Manager
Richard George Richard George ... Capt. Matthews
Meinhart Maur Meinhart Maur ... Schultz
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Storyline

An American sculptress in wartime Britain gets mixed up with a British agent and a Nazi spy who knows that a top-secret meeting of Allied military leaders will be taking place in Algeria--and that the British agent has a camera that has photographs of the meeting place. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

30 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La espía de Argel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

British Aviation Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to star James Mason: "This film topped the popularity polls in Bulgaria one or more of the immediately post-war years. I, who saw the film, find this interesting." See more »

Goofs

This is a British film set in Algeria during war time. It is highly unlikely that two right hand drive cars would have been used, one owned by Dr Muller and stolen by Susan Foster and Alan Thurston and the chasing car belonging to the German Armistice Commission. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Our story takes place in Algeria during the uneasy period before the Allied Invasion of North Africa. Algiers - the headquarters of the German Armistice Commission - was under the control of the Vichy Government. Britain was fighting for her empire in the sands of Libya, and America, still friendly with Vichy, was preparing her first land campaign of the war in the west. It is a story - not of war but of adventure - of a secret meeting which paved the way for a great Allied victory.

VICTORY TUNISIA 1943 See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith (credited to Francis Scott Key who wrote the lyrics)
Arranged by Jack Beaver
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Oh How I I Long For Foreign Language Sub-Titles in these War Films
21 February 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I rated this film 6/10 having discovered it in a rare film emporium in Camden Market, North London, last Sunday.I am a forties film aficionado but had never seen this title before.One thing British/American films constantly do in war films is to assume all German/French characters speak fluent English (to make it easy on audiences who will mostly only speak this language), and this film was no exception, (although marginally less so than most US 40s films of the time).What is especially laughable is when German characters speak in English to other German characters!On the other hand, this 1944 film did not take itself too seriously especially the end scene, when Carla Lehmann describes to James Mason how Hollywood would have filmed the self same scene, (all done to keep up the nation's morale!).A more enlightened treatment of showing various European languages on film is for producers to hire actors German/French who can speak in their own native tongue but then show English sub-titles for that part of the plot as in Darryl F Zanuck's ground breaking epic, "The Longest Day" (1962).

The two US reviewers above seemed to have enjoyed this film, so I suppose it served its purpose however I could not award it more than just above an adequate rating.


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