Passage to Marseille

1944

Passage to Marseille

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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.

Cast

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 Du Bois
as Petit's Daughter
Alex Papana
as Lookout
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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Audience Reviews for Passage to Marseille

  • Feb 22, 2009
    curtiz reunites with 4 cast members from casablanca and the result is an excellent one. although the scope of this war film might have been a bit too small, the film had intrigue and solid performances as well as a great story. wonderful film.
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