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Paris Underground (1945)

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Constance Bennett both produced and starred in the espionager Paris Underground. Bennett and Gracie Fields play, respectively, an American and an English citizen trapped in Paris when the Nazis invade. The women team up to help Allied aviators escape from the occupied city into Free French territory. The screenplay was based on the true wartime activities of Etta Shiber, who engineered the escape of nearly 300 Allied pilots. British fans of comedienne Gracie Fields were put off by the scenes in which she is tortured by the Gestapo, while Constance Bennett's following had been rapidly dwindling since the 1930s; as a result, the heartfelt but tiresome Paris Underground failed to make a dent at the box-office. It would be Constance Bennett's last starring film--and Gracie Fields' last film, period.

Cast

Constance Bennett
as Kitty de Mornay
Gracie Fields
as Emmeline Quayle
Kurt Kreuger
as Capt. Kurt von Weber
George Rigaud
as Andre de Mornay
Charles Andre
as Father Dominique
Leslie Vincent
as Lt. William Gray
Eily Malyon
as Mme. Bengler
Richard Ryen
as Monsieur Renard
Gregory Gaye
as Tissier
Dick Ryan
as M. Renard
Roland Varno
as Lt. Cmdr. Stowe
Andrew V. McLaglen
as Sgt. McNair
Harry Hays Morgan Jr.
as Gestapo Officer
Dina Smyrnova
as The Marquise
Otto Reichow
as Gestapo Soldier
Frederick Giermann
as Gestapo Sergeant
Erich von Morhardt
as Nazi Sergeant Driver
Art Miles
as Mover
Marcel de la Brosse
as Underground Leader
Anthony Warde
as Underground Leader
Peter Kooy
as Gestapo Soldier
Loulette Sablon
as French Girl
Reska Law
as Bit Role (uncredited)
Reni Revel
as French Girl (uncredited)
Nina Borget
as French Girl (uncredited)
Ray de Ravenne
as Parisian (uncredited)
Rene Mimieux
as Parisian (uncredited)
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½

Good but neglected WWII spy/resistance film This film is unjustly neglected, though it's readily available on DVD. Other comments here give a good plot summary, so I'll just comment on the film's strength's and weaknesses. The main weakness is that for what is basically a spy film, the suspense isn't very suspenseful -- it kept occurring to me how much better Hitchcock would have done it. But on the positive side the film is otherwise well directed, with very good acting (especially by Gracie Fields) vividly realizes the atmosphere of both Paris and the French countryside, and is beautifully photographed by Lee Garmes, one of the best Hollywood cinematographers. The ending turns surprisingly moving, and the score is one of the better ones of its time. I'd call it a film of broad interest which everyone will be glad to have seen once, especially if you appreciate good cinematography.

Jon Corelis
Jon Corelis

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