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Passage to Marseille (1944)





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Designed as a followup to the enormously successful Casablanca, Passage to Marseille utilizes the talents of many of the on- and off-screen personnel of the earlier Warner Bros. classic. Unfolded in a complex flashback-within-flashback structure, this is the story of Matrac (Humphrey Bogart), a freedom-loving French journalist who sacrifices his happiness and security to battle Nazi tyrrany. The film opens as French liason officer Freycinet (Claude Rains), stationed in London, tells Mantrac's story to a British reporter (John Loder). Freycinet reveals that Mantrac, happily married to Paula (Michele Morgan), was framed by pro-fascists and sentenced to Devil's Island. Here he engineered a daring escape with such lost souls as Marius (Peter Lorre), Garou (Helmut Dantine), Petit (George Tobias) and Renault (Philip Dorn). Adrift in a lifeboat, the escapees were picked up by a French vessel commandeered by pro-fascist Major Duval (Sydney Greenstreet). With the help of Mantrac and the prisoners, the ship's patriotic captain (Victor Francen) thwarted Duval's evil machinations, enabling Mantrac to continue his battle against Nazism as a member of the RAF. By modern standards, Passage to Marseille is overproduced, overdirected, overacted and overscored (by Max Steiner); however, it filled a definite need in wartime America, and proved a huge financial success.

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Humphrey Bogart
as Jean Matrac
Michèle Morgan
as Paula Matrac
Claude Rains
as Capt. Freycinet
Philip Dorn
as Renault
Victor Francen
as Capt. Patain Malo
John Loder
as Manning
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Chief Engineer
Monte Blue
as 2nd Mate
Charles La Torre
as Lt. Lenoir
Stephen Richards
as Lt. Hastings
Hans Conried
as Jourdain
Mark Stevens
as Lt. Hastings
Louis Mercier
as Engineer
Billy Roy
as Mess Boy
Donald Stuart
as Military Driver
Walter Bonn
as Prison Official
Carmen Beretta
as Petit's Wife
Diane Dubois
as Petit's Daughter
Alex Papana
as Lookout
Diane Du Bois
as Petit's Daughter
Raymond St. Albin
as Medical Officer
Peter Camlin
as French Sergeant
Anatol Frikin
as Crazy Convict
Frank Puglia
as Older Guard
Harry Cording
as Chief Guard
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Critic Reviews for Passage to Marseille

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Sort of a class reunion of Casablanca, but not as good, reuniting Bogart, director Curtiz and other key players of that cult picture.

Full Review… | April 17, 2011

A slightly above average war thriller.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
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Michael Curtiz's follow-up to Casablanca.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Passage to Marseille


Passage to Marseille follows a group of convicts who escape from Devil's Island and embark upon a treacherous journey across the sea to enlist in the French Resistance. Many compare this film to Casablanca since it's a World War II drama that reunites director Michael Curtiz with composer Max Steiner and a cast that includes Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre. Anyone who expects this movie to be as good as one of the most beloved Hollywood classics ever made is in for some disappointment, but Passage to Marseille does have its moments. It's a sentimental film that wears its propagandist heart on its sleeve, but the cast still makes you root for them in the climactic gunfight. This picture is hardly essential, but one could do a lot worse should they be looking for 1940's action movies.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

This film has so many flash backs within the blahs backs shows different types of scenery from royal French Air Force ship finding prisoners stranded in the ocean, a flashback to prisoners in the jungle, to Humprey Bogarts story at a French Newspaper in 1938. Major mutiny occurs concerning which France should be served once Hitler invades France. France controlled by Nazis or based in Great Britain. What I thought was interesting was that this film shows realism onboard the ship by showing the camera move on the ship to represent waves. This film it is easy to tell when there is a model being used rather than the real thing.


another example of the studio trying to clone "casablanca'. rewatch: 11/15/2015 stills stirs up patriotism in me watching this-vive le France!!!

Greg Wood
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