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Passage to Marseille (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 11 March 1944 (USA)
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Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis.

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Michael Curtiz

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Jean Matrac
Claude Rains ... Capt. Freycinet
Michèle Morgan ... Paula Matrac (as Michele Morgan)
Philip Dorn ... Renault
Sydney Greenstreet ... Maj. Duval
Peter Lorre ... Marius
George Tobias ... Petit
Helmut Dantine ... Garou
John Loder ... Manning
Victor Francen ... Capt. Patain Malo
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Grandpere
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Chief Engineer (as Edward Ciannelli)
Corinna Mura ... Singer
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Storyline

As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Spanish

Release Date:

11 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Message to Marseille See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a scene in the prison, just before the breakout, where the camera pans across the bunks of the prisoners. Renault, one of the five who ends up escaping, is shown making something with small pieces of wood. An easily missed detail is that he is actually making a miniature model of a guillotine. See more »

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During the funeral is mentioned that Matrac's son is 5 years old. Assuming that was born in 1940 (his father condemned in 1939 plus nine months of pregnancy) the movie depicts 1944 or 1945. By that time France have been already freed. See more »

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Jean Matrac: [to Paula as she is playing the piano] Funny how much more you can say with a few bars of music then a basketful of words.
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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Variations played often in the score
Sung by a chorus at the end
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Casablanca 2?
30 June 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Pretty cool WWII story, told mostly through flashbacks, about French convicts led by Humphrey Bogart who escape from Devil's Island to go help their country fight the Nazis. The men are picked up by a freighter bound for home and must deal with slimy Sydney Greenstreet, who isn't particularly opposed to the idea of a Nazi-occupied France.

Reunites Casablanca costars Bogart, Rains, Lorre, and Greenstreet with director Michael Curtiz. In many ways, this could be seen as a possible sequel to Casablanca, though certainly not in that film's league. I could see where you could rework the story to be about Rick, Ilsa, and Louis' post-Casablanca story. Cute use of models in early scene where the war correspondent arrives to speak with Claude Rains. This movie is slammed a lot for its use of the flashback-within-a-flashback-within-a-flashback technique. Normally I'm not a fan of that myself but here I didn't think it was confusing like critics claim. The ending is kind of depressing but realistic. War is hell, after all.


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