During WWII, in France, Jean Picard is a criminal who is about to be executed via the guillotine, but an air raid interrupts it and allows him to escape. Inspector Bonet tracks him down and brings him back. But along the way, they hear that a railway bridge vital to the Germans has been destroyed, supposedly by allied agents. The Germans take 100 Frenchmen and are threatening to execute them unless the saboteurs come forward. Picard who would rather die at the hands of the firing squad as oppose to the guillotine, offers to go to the Germans and say that he is the saboteur. Bonet accepts and so they go the village near where the bridge was to learn all that they can so that Picard can convince the Germans that he is the saboteur. While there Picard, a womanizer, meets a young woman and falls in love with her.
Did You Know?
About 1:20 into the film, there is a scene where the French police are coming into the town at night. One, on a motorcycle, rounding a corner, seemingly slips on the wet cobblestones and crashes in front of the camera - the shadow of his head flashes across the bottom of the screen and the sound of his presumed crash can be heard. See more
I suppose there's a time when any man, even a man like me, can find something... something bigger than himself for which he is willing to die without question, almost... almost happily.
Featured in Warner at War
Written by Jean Paul Egide Martini (1780)
Hummed by Jean Sullivan See more