Arch of Triumph

Arch of Triumph

Lewis Milestone (1948)

A Certificate


Our Score
This adaptation of an Erich Maria Remarque bestseller should have been a successful movie. It was blessed with the reteaming of the two stars of Gaslight (Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer) and the directorial skills of Lewis Milestone, who turned Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front into a screen classic. As it turned out, the film was a costly failure, sinking its distinguished production company (Enterprise) and failing to find an audience in any of its many re-edited or shortened versions. Whatever the version, there's no chemistry between Bergman and Boyer, most of Charles Laughton's scenes must have ended up on the cutting room floor because he's so bad as a Nazi, the overall pace is deadly, and the re-creation of Paris is totally without atmosphere.


A refugee doctor provides illegal medical care in pre-Second World War France while trying to avoid deportation. He has an affair with a nightclub singer he saves from suicide, while plotting revenge against a Nazi officer as the country edges closer to war with Germany. Drama, starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Charles Laughton.

Cast & Crew

Joan Madou Ingrid Bergman
Dr Ravic Charles Boyer
Haake Charles Laughton
Morosow Louis Calhern
Kate Hegstroem Ruth Warrick
Dr Weber Roman Bohnen
Alex Stephen Bekassy
Madame Fessier Ruth Nelson
Director Lewis Milestone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video and DVD