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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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Casey Robinson (screenplay), Jack Moffitt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Warner Bros. Triumph

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. built a full-scale Merchant Marine ship in three months, modeled after the French ship Ville de Nancy. See more »

Goofs

When Matrac is shooting at the German bomber from the deck of the ship the magazine on top of the gun rotates as it should while dispensing ammo and there is a visible muzzle flash, but there are no spent shell casings being ejected from the gun nor is there any visible recoil while the weapon is being fired. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Someday I'll Meet You Again
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Corinna Mura at the nightclub
Sung also by an offscreen male voice
Played on piano by Michèle Morgan
Played often as part of the score
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2.5 out of 5 action rating
23 July 2012 | by scheelj1See all my reviews

See it – This is more of an adventure movie, but it takes place during WWII, so we'll call it a war movie. The story is told in a flashback, and flashbacks within the flashback. Humphrey Bogart stars as a patriotic French convict who escapes from his island prison and journeys thousands of miles to help his country fight in the war. Adventures take place over land, air, and sea. The scene where Bogart is furiously firing his machine gun from the ship deck railing at attacking German aircraft is one the most iconic moments in early Hollywood history. I love watching WWII movies that were made while the actual war was still going on. This inspirational classic is heroic and tragic, yet full of hope. 2.5 action rating.


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