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Hotel Reserve (1944)

Approved | | Thriller | 28 June 1946 (USA)
A hunt for a spy, in an hotel in the South of France just before World War Two.

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(adapted from the novel "Epitaph For A Spy" by), (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Vadassy
... Mme Suzanne Koch
Raymond Lovell ... Robert Duclos
Julien Mitchell ... Michel Beghin, intelligence chief
... Andre Roux
Martin Miller ... Walter Vogel
Clare Hamilton ... Mary Skelton
Frederick Valk ... Emil Schimler, alias Paul Heimberger
... Odette Roux
Anthony Shaw ... Major Anthony Chandon-Hartley
Lawrence Hanray ... Police Commissioner
David Ward ... Henri Asticot
... Warren Skelton
Joseph Almas ... Albert, the waiter (as Josef Almas)
Patricia Hayes ... Woman
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An Austrian medical student living and working in France is hauled in by the police while on holiday in the south of the country. Accused of espionage he is sent back to his hotel to find out who might really be the spy. Not only his freedom but his chance of becoming a French citizen rests on what he can uncover. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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28 June 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Clare Hamilton, who plays Mary Skelton, was the sister of Maureen O' Hara. This would be her one and only screen appearance. See more »

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When Vadassy's film is examined in the viewer, positive images are seen, although they are referred to several times as negatives. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A holiday...in France...before the war...yet even then the plane-trees and cypresses of the South cast shadows in the sun.

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Interesting spy tale
22 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

A young James Mason does a fine job in this film. The story is set a few years before the start of WW II. Mason is a guest at a quiet resort hotel in France. His camera is accidentally used by a German spy who has an identical one. When Mason takes a roll of film to be developed, the roll contains several pictures of top secret French aircraft and facilities. The police question Mason and are able to determine that he is innocent in the matter. But, they use the charges against him as leverage to get him to assist them in finding out which of the other hotel guests is the spy. How he succeeds makes for a most interesting and tension filled story.


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