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13 Rue Madeleine (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1946 (UK)
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When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

John Monks Jr. (original screenplay), Sy Bartlett (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey
Annabella ... Suzanne de Beaumont
Richard Conte ... Bill O'Connell
Frank Latimore ... Jeff Lassiter
Walter Abel ... Charles Gibson
Melville Cooper ... Pappy Simpson
Sam Jaffe ... Mayor Galimard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Gordon ... Psychiatrist (scenes deleted)
Horace McMahon ... Burglary Instructor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Documentary-style prologue follows training of O.S.S. agents for WWII work behind enemy lines. One of the group is a German "mole;" leaders Gibson and Sharkey are aware of this and scheme to feed him false info about the invasion of Europe, while the real agents go to France to find a secret V-2 rocket depot. But the German spy outsmarts them and rejoins his people knowing too much; Bob Sharkey takes the risk of going in after him. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

32 Rue Madeleine See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "13 Rue Madeleine" in the film's title is the address of Gestapo headquarters in Le Havre, France, during the German occupation of France in World War II. See more »

Goofs

In this film, a French engineer called Duclois is a Nazi collaborator on the V2 rocket programme, and is described as being responsible for the design and construction of the 'main assembly and supply depot' in northern France, whom '077' Agent Sharkey must kidnap for urgent interrogation, so that intelligence concerning this dangerous long-range super-weapon can save the imminent Allied invasion of Europe. There were indeed major V2 launch bunkers in the 'Pas de Calais' and elsewhere in northern France, and they were certainly rendered inoperable by Allied military actions which were based upon good intelligence (hence the Germans' development thereafter of highly manoeuvrable truck-mounted launchers). Nevertheless, most of the film's military scenario for the V2 programme is really no more than a convenient dramatic fiction: There was actually no such person as the character 'Duclois.' It was Albert Speer, architect, and at this period also Hitler's Minister for Armaments and War Production, who took up a Colonel Dornberger's ideas for a massive hardened 'Blockhaus' launch site; also, a certain Gerhard Degenkolb was brought in later to help in organizing the mass-production of the rockets (Degenkolb was the former director of the 'Demag Engineering Works' and the man responsible for streamlining production in Germany's locomotive industry). The V2 rocket itself was of course actually developed by Wernher Von Braun and his own team. However, at the time of the film's production Von Braun had begun working for the US military, along with many other Nazi scientists - all having been spirited back to the United States, from under the noses of the Soviets, by the top-secret 'Operation Paperclip' - in order to develop ICBMs for the US, and it would have been political dynamite to have acknowledged this publicly at a time when incipient Cold War tensions were already being felt. See more »

Quotes

Charles Gibson: I don't want to send you.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: I've been working hard. I need the change.
Charles Gibson: You won't come back.
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: [Gibson drops his eyes] I've just discovered something about you.
Charles Gibson: What?
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey: You're a worrier.
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Crazy Credits

Prologue, shown printed in a book: No single story could ever pay full tribute to the accomplishments of the U.S. Army Intelligence in World War II. Working secretly behind enemy lines, in close cooperation with our Allies, its brilliant work was an acknowledged factor in the final victory. The page turns to reveal: In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field - - and, whenever possible, at the actual locations. See more »

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Referenced in Monkeybone (2001) See more »

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excellent little picture about WW2 espionage
16 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although Jimmy Cagney is the star of this film, he really takes a back seat during most of the picture. Instead, the story focuses on a team of OSS operatives as they are trained and then deposited behind enemy lines (FYI--the OSS was the precursor for the CIA). I especially liked watching how they were trained to blend in--such as learning to eat European-style (with the fork ALWAYS in the left hand). Cagney is ever-present during this training process and only comes to the forefront again when the mission appears to start unraveling and he goes in to rescue the team members. In between, the film centers on the team members and their efforts to destroy the nazi menace in France.

Biggest pluses--excellent writing, pacing and acting (in that order).


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