Against the Wind

Against the Wind

Charles Crichton (1947)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Although he is best known as the screenwriter of several classic Ealing comedies, including The Lavender Hill Mob and Passport to Pimlico, TEB Clarke could turn his hand to several genres, as this tale of spy-school treachery, co-written with Michael Pertwee, proves. Paying tribute to the contribution of saboteurs to the war effort, the film owes a debt to the pseudo-documentary style of such Hollywood thrillers as The House on 92nd Street and 13 Rue Madeleine. Jack Warner and Simone Signoret stand out in a cast packed with dependable character actors, although they are slightly hampered by director Charles Crichton's preoccupation with authentic detail.


A Belgian priest living in exile in Britain during the Second World War becomes a secret agent for the Allies, but his first mission is a disaster, leading to the capture of a resistance leader. Four soldiers are sent into occupied France to rescue the insurgent, but begin to realise they have a traitor in their midst. Thriller, starring Jack Warner and Simone Signoret.

Cast & Crew

Michele Simone Signoret
Max Cronk Jack Warner
Father Phillip Robert Beatty
Johnny Duncan Gordon Jackson
Jacques Picquart Paul Dupuis
Julie Gisele Preville
Emile Meyer John Slater
Ackerman James Robertson Justice
Andrew Peter Illing
Malou Sybilla Binder
Abbot Andre Morell
Director Charles Crichton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD