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Passage to Marseille (1944)

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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 »

Company Credits

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

During filming, Lauren Bacall was brought to the set in order to gauge her chemistry with Humphrey Bogart, with whom she would soon be co-starring in To Have and Have Not (1944). This was the famous duo's first meeting, though it would be months before their romance began. See more »

Goofs

The German aircraft attacking the freighter is correct for the period with one exception. The interior views of the air gunners, they are using the wrong weapons. A 20mm mg on a swivel mount is in the forward part of the gondola. In the rear part of the gondola, a 13mm mg is mounted. The weapons shown being used are U.S. 50 cal mg. See more »

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First Mate: The British will fight.
Chief Engineer: [Sarcastically] Yes, to the last drop of French blood.
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Featured in Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Flashbacks be dammed! This is a great action movie.
15 August 2004 | by jwpeel-1See all my reviews

While much has been made of the flashback within a flashback utilized in the movie, one shouldn't overlook the great action sequences, particularly towards the end, that have you cheering on the French heroes in the film. Sure, Humphrey Bogart doesn't attempt a French accent, but just look at films where he didn't attempt a foreign accent and how disasters they were (what was that James Cagney Western where Bogie was supposed to speak with a Spanish accent? I still cringe at the thought of it.) But it doesn't affect his acting in the lead role. After all, Clark Gable didn't put on a Southern accent for "God With The Wind" and I didn't hurt his work in that masterpiece.

This is no masterpiece and it is difficult to follow sometimes, but just to see Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet and Claude Raines work is worth it. This

Again, many people have mentioned in the war crime Bogart commits in the film, but when I saw the supposed offending part, I had no problem with it. And I'm no conservative when it comes to such things normally, but the "crime" is against ruthless that these who had no such reservations about the rules of war.

"Casablanca" is an entirely different film and it is unfair to compare this one to that one just because it has the same director and many of the same cast members. This is a rousing piece of war propaganda that gets the audience involved and I liked it very much. There is even an emotional element to it and unlike "Casablanca," it does not feel studio bound with even some believable exterior shots. I give it seven out of ten for the action alone.


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