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Hotel Reserve

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Victor Hanbury
  • 88 mins
  • PG

Summary

Thriller set in the South of France just before the outbreak of the Second World War, starring James Mason. While on holiday at the Hotel Reserve, Austrian refugee Peter Vadassy is falsely accused of espionage by the French police. Threatened with deportation, he sets out to prove his innocence.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Set just before the Second World War, this subdued film is lifted by James Mason's performance as a "wronged man", in this case a refugee accused of being a spy. Based on the Eric Ambler novel Epitaph for a Spy, the plot has ample suspense and intrigue built in, but the movie only fitfully comes to life as Mason sets out discover who the real villain is among a cast that includes Herbert Lom and Patricia Medina.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter VadassyJames Mason
Madame Suzanne KocheLucie Mannheim
Monsieur Robert DuclosRaymond Lovell
Monsieur BeghinJulien Mitchell
Miss Mary SkeltonClare Hamilton
Herr Walter VogelMartin Miller
Monsieur André RouxHerbert Lom
Herr Emil SchimlerFrederick Valk
The chemistIvor Barnard
Mr Warren SkeltonValentine Dyall
Madame Odette RouxPatricia Medina
JacquelinePatricia Hayes

Crew

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DirectorVictor Hanbury
DirectorLance Comfort
DirectorMax Greene

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Released on
1944-07-17
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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