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Joan of Paris (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 January 1942 (USA)
An RAF squadron is brought down over occupied France. The flyers get to Paris in spite of the fact that the youngest, Baby, is injured. He must be hidden and his wounds cared for. The Gestapo has already issued orders for their arrest.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Charles Bennett (screenplay), Ellis St. Joseph (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michèle Morgan ... Joan (as Michele Morgan)
Paul Henreid ... Paul Lavallier
Thomas Mitchell ... Father Antoine
Laird Cregar ... Herr Funk
May Robson ... Mlle. Rosay
Alexander Granach ... Gestapo Agent
Alan Ladd ... Baby
Jack Briggs ... Robin
James Monks James Monks ... Splinter
Richard Fraser ... Geoffrey
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel ... Janitor
John Abbott ... English Spy
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Choir (as The Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
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Storyline

An RAF squadron is brought down over occupied France. The flyers get to Paris in spite of the fact that the youngest, Baby, is injured. He must be hidden and his wounds cared for. The Gestapo has already issued orders for their arrest.

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TERROR MARKED THEM FOR ITS QUARRY! Striking drama of a Free-French flier, stalked by the Gestapo in today's darkened Paris...and a girl whose yearning for his arms plunges her, too, into peril! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeanne de Paris See more »

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Budget:

$666,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laird Cregar was borrowed from Twentieth-Century Fox to appear in the production. See more »

Quotes

Joan: I think a woman's place is to make a man happy, not to ask questions and be curious.
Mlle. Rosay: My dear, you shouldn't have any trouble whatsoever in getting an husband.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title, and most of the credits for cast and crew, are shown as labels on a champagne bottle. See more »

Connections

Edited from The Gay Divorcee (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let it Bother You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by a chorus in a nightclub
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Absorbing, romantic wartime drama...smooth performances...
8 October 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This little known film released the same year as CASABLANCA is a minor gem among Hollywood's wartime romances, teaming Paul Henried and Michele Morgan very effectively in the leads. Despite some odd casting choices (Thomas Mitchell as a French priest) or Henried as a French squadron leader based in England, it tells an absorbing espionage tale of the French resistance against the Nazis.

Released by RKO, it seems more like one of the typical Warner Bros. melodramas popular at that time. Even some of the supporting cast seem like Warner contract players--notably John Abbot as a prisoner about to be executed and May Robson.

A tale of one woman's noble sacrifice to aid members of an RAF squadron in their attempt to return to England, it holds the viewer with its shadowy B&W photography and creates an atmosphere suggesting a French village during World War II. Paul Henried is excellent as the man trying to rid himself of a Gestapo agent who "sticks to him like a postage stamp".

Other notable roles are filled by Laird Cregar, as a cunning Gestapo who snares Henried in his trap, and Alan Ladd as "Baby", one of the downed flyers who is injured. Ladd was on the brink of major stardom and his performance here shows why--it's a brief but memorable supporting role. Shortly after this film, he was signed for his star-making role in "This Gun for Hire".

Well worth watching...an absorbing example of a well scripted and directed wartime espionage film with only an occasional false note that does no major harm to the movie. The scene with the children in the schoolroom lacks credibility throughout.


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