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Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 20 June 1958 (Ireland)
During World War II, a recently widowed young woman is recruited to work as a spy in France.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

R.J. Minney (book), Vernon Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McKenna ... Violette Szabo
Paul Scofield ... Tony Fraser
Jack Warner ... Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey ... Mrs. Bushell
Alain Saury Alain Saury ... Etienne Szabo
Maurice Ronet ... Jacques
Anne Leon Anne Leon ... Lillian Rolfe
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Potter
Avice Landone ... Vera Atkins
Nicole Stéphane ... Denise Bloch (as Nicole Stephane)
Noel Willman ... Interrogator
Bill Owen ... N.C.O. Instructor
Billie Whitelaw ... Winnie
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Colonel Buckmaster
Michael Goodliffe ... Coding Expert
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Storyline

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War II. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and takes him back for the family Bastille day celebrations. They fall in love, marry, and have a baby girl when Violette Szabo receives the dreaded telegram informing her of his death in North Africa. Shortly afterwards, Violette is approached to join the S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive). Should she stay and look after her baby or "do her duty"? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A Woman in a Million - her deeds of Unconquerable Courage and Devotion glorify the finest qualities of true womanhood, For this is the story of Violette Szabo, beautiful, young, life-loving English girl who was drawn into the dangerous life of a secret service agent in occupied France in 1944. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

20 June 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Aftoi pou nikisan ton thanato See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Angel Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Sir Michael Caine appears briefly as one of the prisoners on the train. As Violette (Virginia McKenna) starts to escape he leans forwards and calls out for water. See more »

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Camera shadow on Violette as she leaves the bunkhouse with Denise and Lillian. See more »

Quotes

Etienne Szabo: The life that I have Is all that I have And the life that I have Is yours. The love that I have Of the life that I have Is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have A rest I shall have Yet death will be but a pause. For the peace of my years In the long green grass Will be yours and yours and yours.
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Referenced in Dark Tourist: Europe (2018) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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A solid inspiring story of wartime bravery in World War II
9 April 2004 | by nickodgersSee all my reviews

It must be a sign of getting older but I find myself watching old films more and more now. Sky showed this film recently, and I much preferred it to some of the modern blockbusters they show. Virgina McKenna does an excellent job of portraying Violetta Szabo. Good old Jack Warner (Sergeant Dixon!) is excellent as the long suffering father. Paul Scofield is brilliant playing the part of Tony. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert, who also directed "Alfie" and "Educating Rita". It brings home the suffering normal people went through, as well as heroines like Violetta. I defy anyone not to be moved by the ending. Hopefully it is available on DVD now as it belongs in anyone`s collection.


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