Monday, March 26, 2012


During WWII, three British agents and a Frenchman (James Mason, with an artificial accent) sneak into occupied France to bring back information about German forces. They meet up with members of the local resistance and Mason's family takes them in, though his sister (Carla Lehmann) thinks resistance is futile and isn't happy about their mission, wanting Mason to stay. A man whom the villagers think of as a collaborator proves to be a help to the British; he gets two of them (Hugh Williams and Roland Culver), disguised as champagne salesmen, in to see Gestapo brass to get direct info. This rather plain B-grade British-made wartime thriller isn't very thrilling, though there are a few stand-out moments. One of the men (Michael Wilding) reunites with his French wife and reluctantly agrees to have sex with her "for king and country." There's a truck that drives around all hours of the day and night, playing loud German militaristic music, which winds up playing an important role in the climactic chase sequence involving our agents getting a detained British soldier out with them. Not really a bad movie, but not memorable; Mason's accent is so bad, I thought for sure that it was a plot point and that it would turn out he was actually not French. [TCM]

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