37 user 18 critic

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.


Lewis Gilbert


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia McKenna ... Violette Szabo
Paul Scofield ... Tony Fraser
Jack Warner ... Mr. Bushell
Denise Grey ... Mrs. Bushell
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


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Imperishable Story of the BRAVEST Woman Who Ever Lived! See more »


Biography | Drama | War


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Technical advisor Leo Marks was in charge of the codes and ciphers for all S.O.E. Agents during the war, when he was only twenty. See more »


Violette boards the airplane on his first mission on the left side of the plane; however when she arrives she somehow gets out on the right side of the plane. This was not the type of airplane where that would be possible. This type of plane only has two positions. The markings on the left side that she boards on, are LXT; the markings on the right side TLX. These markings would always be the same (reading from right to left) on both sides of the plane. See more »


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.
See more »


Featured in The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) See more »


The Very Thought Of You
Written by Ray Noble
See more »

User Reviews

Great story, good movie about a British woman's resilience
18 May 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

A resolutely respectful and consistent movie, powerful in a quiet way, and serious to the core. These aren't really adjectives for an amazing movie--and it's not amazing. The story is amazing, since it's true, a British woman going undercover in WWII and having to suffer badly at the hands of the Nazis. And the movie depends on the story, rather than the movie, to succeed.

It does, in fact, succeed. It's a moving story well told. It lacks drama, and is sometimes quietly sentimental, which is part of the point, giving a human side to the spy and war business. The leading woman is someone not well known to American audiences, a rather straight forward actress, Virginia McKenna. But you might remember her from "Born Free," a very different kind of role but needing the same sharp seriousness. She's still alive, gladly, and was even in a film in 2010.

The movie here needs drama, frankly. It takes half the film to reach the German conflict in France, and it comes to the real drama, the horrors of being caught, in the last half hour. Which is to say, be prepared for lots of preparation, well done, but preliminary, and purposely undramatic. By that last part is good wartime stuff, with a woman as the main figure in the fighting and the aftermath. The prison scenes are cold and harsh in their own way, and yet I don't quite believe it would have been quite so calmly paced and deliberate, even in the hands of the Germans happily in France.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 37 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed