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O.S.S. (1946)

Unrated | | Drama, War | 26 May 1946 (USA)
During WW2, the O.S.S. sends teams of spies and saboteurs in Nazi-occupied France.

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Irving Pichel

Writer:

Richard Maibaum
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Philip Masson / John Martin
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Ellen Rogers / Elaine Duprez
Patric Knowles ... Cmdr. Brady
John Hoyt ... Col. Paul Meister
Gloria Saunders ... WAC Operator Sparky
Richard Webb ... Partker
Richard Benedict ... Bernay
Harold Vermilyea ... Amadeus Brink
Don Beddoe ... Gates
Onslow Stevens ... Field
Gavin Muir ... Col. Crawson
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Marcel Aubert
Joseph Crehan ... Gen. Donovan
Bobby Driscoll ... Gerard
Julia Dean ... Madame Prideaux
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John Martin is part of an American spy team dropped into France during World War II to destroy the French railway system. After successfully blowing up a tunnel he runs back to save Ellen and is told "Never come back for me again." Later he must choose whether or not to obey her wishes. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's deep in danger...deeper in love...in the Top Thrill Show of the Year!

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo el manto tenebroso See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first movie Richard Webb made after returning from the war. See more »

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Never come back
23 March 2012 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Alan Ladd (John Martin) is trained as an OSS agent and sent on an assignment in France with a team of 3 others. Their leader Don Beddoe (Gates) is killed early on and Ladd is put in charge. The mission is to blow up a bridge and report back on German troop numbers and movements. Their boss Patric Knowles (Commander Brady) then flies into France to tell Ladd that he has one more mission to complete.

This spy story is a bit long but it holds the interest well enough. The main bulk of the film takes place in France and by the end of the film only one of Ladd's group remains alive - we watch them get caught one by one. You can see how the film is going to end from about halfway through when Geraldine Fitzgerald (Elaine) tells Ladd not to come back to save her life if he feels that she is in danger. I felt that she was just as strong a character as he was in the lead role. There are some good moments during the film, eg, when Beddoe gets caught at a cafe and signals to Fitzgerald to leave.

Overall, despite the length of it, the film is made up of entertaining segments, and I enjoyed watching it the second time more than the first.


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