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Passage to Marseille

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Michael Curtiz
  • 104 mins
  • PG

Summary

Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

You'd expect more from this Warner Bros reteaming of the director and most of the cast from Casablanca, but lightning seldom strikes twice. Despite the efforts of the eminently watchable Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains, the convoluted flashback plot (from an original by Mutiny on the Bounty's Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall) is tiresome and hard to follow. As the girl in the flashbacks (the Ingrid Bergman role), Michèle Morgan doesn't really register and Bogart is strangely cast as French journalist Matrac, leading an escape from a penal colony to join the French Resistance. But director Michael Curtiz does what he can, and he's aided by great camerawork from James Wong Howe and a superb score (as ever) by Max Steiner. As a morale booster, it hits the target; as a drama, it sparks only rarely.

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Credits

Cast

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MatracHumphrey Bogart
Captain FreycinetClaude Rains
PaulaMichèle Morgan
RenaultPhilip Dorn
Major DuvalSydney Greenstreet
MariusPeter Lorre
PetitGeorge Tobias
Captain Patain MaloVictor Francen
GarouHelmut Dantine
ManningJohn Loder

Crew

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DirectorMichael Curtiz

Details

Languages
English | German | French | Spanish
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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