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The Beasts of Marseilles (1957)

Seven Thunders (original title)
Escaping British prisoners of war hide out in German occupied France.

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

John Baines, Rupert Croft-Cooke (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Dave
James Robertson Justice ... Dr. Martout
Tony Wright ... Jim
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Lise
Kathleen Harrison ... Mme. Abou
Eugene Deckers ... Emile Blanchard
Rosalie Crutchley ... Therese Blanchard
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Mme. Parfait
James Kenney ... Eric Triebel
Anton Diffring ... Colonel Trautman
Martin Miller ... Heinrich Isadore Schlip
George Coulouris ... Paul Bourdin
Marcello Pagliero Marcello Pagliero ... Salvatore (as Marcel Pagliero)
Carl Duering ... Major Grautner
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Abou
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Escaping British prisoners of war hide out in German occupied France.

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beasts of Marseilles See more »

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Angel Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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The character and murderous career of Dr. Martout was based on fact. The real doctor, very much as depicted in the film, was a Dr. Petiot, who was tried and convicted of 26 murders, but suspected of over 100. He was executed by guillotine. See more »

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Why "Seven Thunders"??
14 October 2012 | by nixonkg-1See all my reviews

Many films have ambiguous titles, but why "Seven Thunders"? Was this the title of the book from which this film was derived? Can anyone explain? Did I miss something in this slow and ponderous film? The whole storyline did not ring true. Where were the escapees going to from Marseilles? Spain would seem the obvious choice. Was this in fact an actual escape route for Allied POWs from Italy? The film was interesting from the fact that a lot of it was shot on location, but overall it was a very disappointing use of a talented cast! Interesting to see Stephen Boyd in an early screen role. Sad that his career appeared to peter out and that he died young.


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