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Passage to Marseille (1944)

aka Passage to Marseille

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Details: 109 mins · English, Español, Deutsch, French


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Small Jean Matrac
Small Captain Freycinet
Small Paula Matrac
Small Renault
Small Major Duval
Small Marius
Small Petit
Small Garou
Small Manning
Small Captain Patain Malo
Small Grandpere
Small Chief Engineer
No_movie_poster Singer
No_movie_poster Jean Matrac Jr


No_movie_poster Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Small Michael Curtiz Director
No_movie_poster Hal B. Wallis Producer
No_movie_poster Casey Robinson Screenplay
No_movie_poster James Wong Howe Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Charles Nordhoff Novel
No_movie_poster James Norman Hall Novel
No_movie_poster Jack Moffitt Screenplay
No_movie_poster Elick Moll Writer
No_movie_poster James Norman Hall Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Charles Nordhoff Story Contributor


In 1940, on the tramp steamer Ville de Nancy just before the defeat of France by the Germans, five convicts are found adrift in a small canoe in the Caribbean Sea. Marius (Peter Lorre), Garou (Helmut Dantine), Petit (George Tobias), Renault (Philip Dorn) and their leader, Matrac (Humphrey Bogart) were taken aboard, where they tell Captain Patain Malo (Victor Francen) the story of their escape from the French prison colony at Cayenne in French Guiana. They had been recruited by Grandpère (Vladimir Sokoloff), a fervently patriotic ex-convict, to fight for France in her hour of need. The inmates recount Matrac's troubles in pre-war France to convince the old man to choose Matrac to lead the escape. A crusading newspaper publisher, Matrac had been framed for murder to shut him up.

By the time the Ville de Nancy nears the port of Marseille, France has surrendered to Nazi Germany, and a collaborationist Vichy government has been set up. Upon hearing the news, the captain secretly decides not to deliver his valuable cargo to the Germans. Pro-Vichy passenger Major Duval (Sydney Greenstreet) organizes an attempt to seize control of the ship, but is defeated, in great part due to the escapees. When they reach England, the convicts join the Free French forces.

Matrac becomes a gunner on a bomber. His wife Paula (Michèle Morgan) and their son, whom he has never seen, live in occupied France. After each mission, he flies over their house and drops a letter. On a final mission, however, as Free French Captain Freycinet (Claude Rains) relates, there is no message; Matrac has been killed in combat.

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